West Ham Make Club Record £15m Bid for Liverpool Striker Andy Carroll

Upton Park side make big money offer for Anfield forward.

A £15m West Ham bid for Andy Carroll last night sparked off a tug-of-war with former club Newcastle.

Promoted Hammers have made a club record offer to sign the Liverpool striker permanently.

But Newcastle yesterday made contact with Kop bosses and tabled an offer to take him on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent switch.

And although Liverpool last night rejected Toon’s offer, sources hinted Carroll would welcome a return to his home- town club, who sold him to Liverpool for £35m inJanuary of last year.

West Ham are desperate to mark their return to the Premier League with a move for the England international and had also been considering a season-long loan.

But it is understood Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has now decided he wants to sign Carroll outright and is ready to break the bank to do it.

SOURCE: Daily Star

Sam Allardyce clearly very much wants to bring in Andy Carroll as a ‘marquee’ signing for West Ham this summer and there are a couple of points that could be in his favour when it comes to persuading the 23 year old England international to consider a move to Upton Park.

Whereas Brendan Rodgers is thought to not see the big forward as part of his game-plan, chiefly because the former Newcastle United man is not the type of player that fits his style of play as opposed to any qualms about his footballing ability, Sam Allardyce is well known for playing with a ‘big-man’ up top.

For many years the former Trotters boss used Kevin Davies as a battering ram in his Bolton front-line, a tactic that was hugely successful, perhaps Carroll could be a similar success in such a role with the Hammers.

A second feather in the cap for a possible West Ham move would be the fact that Carroll’s good friend and former team-mate, and house-mate, Kevin Nolan is the East London side’s club captain. The pair worked well together during their shared time at St James’ Park.

£15m may well be a club record transfer fee for West Ham but it could still fall some way short of what Liverpool are looking for, now that it appears that the Anfield side are ready to cut their losses with the £35m man.

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