Hammers boss to push for permanent Carroll deal.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce admits his main priority this summer is to secure the permanent signing of loan striker Andy Carroll from Liverpool, according to the Daily Mail.
Carroll played in what could be his final game for the Hammers yesterday, as they beat relegated Reading 4-2 on the final day of the Premier League season.
The 24-year-old has been a useful addition to Allardyce’s side, and looks to have no future at Liverpool, given Brendan Rodgers’ preferred style of play.
However, the Reds have set a high asking price for Carroll as they are keen to make back a decent amount of the £35million they spent on signing him from Newcastle in 2011.
The proposed fee of £17million may prove too high for West Ham, and they are said to be considering other options, such as Stoke City target man Peter Crouch and another possible dip into the loan market for Chelsea’s young striker Romelu Lukaku.
However, Allardyce has also said he will keep trying to sign his first choice Carroll.
“If we can start with Andy Carroll that would be a great achievement for us as he can only get better and better,” he said.
“Then we build around that in terms of how we want to improve next year, with better quality. It is our target to make it a permanent situation.
“Hopefully we can get somewhere in the near future to do that. It’s our main priority. There are negotiations between the club and Liverpool.”
Carroll could also make a summer return to his old club Newcastle.