Hammers boss keen for permanent transfer for Carroll.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has spoken of his desire to keep loan star Andy Carroll at the club on a permanent basis, according to the Metro.
The 24-year-old will go back to Liverpool at the end of the season if the clubs cannot reach an agreement on the player, who is also a target for his former club Newcastle.
However, West Ham are doing everything in their power to sign Carroll permanently, after some fine performances during his loan spell at Upton Park this season.
Carroll has managed seven goals for the east London club, despite some problems with injuries, showing the kind of form that attracted much interest from bigger clubs during his time at Newcastle.
However, his form dipped after a £35million move to Liverpool, as he seemed unable to cope with the pressure that came with his enormous price tag. The Reds’ desire to make some of that money back could be the biggest stumbling block to West Ham, who won’t be able to afford their £17million asking price.
Rumours emerged earlier this week that Allardyce had managed to get the price down to £12million, but the former Bolton manager said talks are still ongoing.
“He has shown everybody what he can do and he has massive potential to grow into a very good player if he ends up back here with us,” he said.
“He’s so willing to learn and become better that I think we could do well for each other, but there is a way to go before that might get sorted.
“It’s about negotiation and both parties have to be happy that the negotiation cannot go any farther and it’s a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. We hope it’s a ‘yes’ and we hope it is as quickly as possible.”
West Ham have been linked with a move for Stoke City’s Peter Crouch if they do not manage to land Carroll.