Anfield flop completes permanent move Upton Park.
West Ham have officially confirmed the signing of Liverpool forward Andy Carroll, ending weeks of speculation about the England international’s move to follow up his temporary move to the East London side a permanent one.
The 24 year old 24-year-old has signed a six-year contract, with the option of a further two.
No transfer fee was disclosed but it was reported that Carroll cost West Ham a club record £15.5 million, plus a further £2 million in add-ons.
Carroll, who played under manager Sam Allardyce at Newcastle United, turned out 24 times and scored seven times for West Ham last season but was plagued by injury.
“It’s fantastic for me to be here. I really enjoyed last season, and that shows in me coming back and making it permanent,” he was quoted as saying.
“The fans, the lads and the club itself has been great to me, and what I wanted to do was come back here and play football.
“Since the end of the season I’ve had a lot of time to think, I’ve missed it and that’s why I’m back.”
Carroll began his career at his local club Newcastle in 2006 and scored 19 goals in the 2009/10 season helping the Magpies win promotion from the second-tier Championship at the first attempt.
He was transferred for a club record £35 million to Liverpool in 2011, making him the most expensive British player.
He has won nine England caps and scored twice for the national side.