Clubs near deal for England star.
West Ham United are reportedly close to agreeing a deal with Liverpool to keep Andy Carroll at the club permanently, according to The Express.
News broke yesterday of West Ham’s fears over losing their strike force with Carroll due back at Liverpool and Carlton Cole leaving on a free transfer, but reports today suggest that the Hammers are nearing a deal to secure the future of the 24-year-old.
Carroll is apparently desperate to stay at Upton Park having formed a positive relationship with the manager Sam Allardyce and hopes that the faith shown in him by the former Bolton boss will help him earn a recall to the England squad ahead of the World Cup next year.
Liverpool had been hoping to recoup a fee of at least £17 million of the £35 million they paid Newcastle in 2011. However, West Ham stated that they could only offer £10 million, but after some financial rearrangement they are now able to offer £12 million in the hope that will be enough to persuade Brendan Rogers to let him leave after letting it be known that he is desperate to offload him this summer.
Carroll has bagged seven goals for West Ham this season, one goal more than he managed in a year-and-a-half at Liverpool.