Villa join Hammers and Milan in Carroll pursuit.
Aston Villa have entered the race for Andy Carroll after boss Paul Lambert refused to rule out a loan deal for the Liverpool striker.
Carroll does not feature in new boss Brendan Rogers’ plans and is set to leave Anfield – most likely on a season-long loan – this summer.
West Ham and AC Milan have both expressed an interest in the 23-year-old but Lambert is also keen on a deal after admitted his admiration for the Geordie powerhouse.
“If we could get him it would be great,” the Scot told the Sunday Mercury.
“He’s a top player, there’s no doubt. It wouldn’t be one I would dismiss if we could get him,” he added.
Carroll endured a difficult 18 months at Anfield after arriving for £35 million from Newcastle. A late season renaissance saw him force his way into Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad and he scored against Sweden in England’s second group game.
The former Newcastle striker’s wage demands could be a potential stumbling block in any deal with the Midlands club, however.
Carroll would be a like-for-like replacement for Emile Heskey who was released by Villa last month.
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