Sam Allardyce Says Andy Caroll Signing Is A Priority For West Ham

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Hammers boss keen to land Liverpool forward.

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has spoken once again of his desire to sign Andy Carroll from Liverpool on a permanent deal, Sky Sports report.

The 24-year-old had a successful spell on loan at Upton Park this season, but is said to be stalling on an offer to join the club permanently as he considers his options.

Carroll’s former club Newcastle, from whom he joined Liverpool for a record transfer fee for a British player of £35million, have also been linked with the England international, as it looks increasingly unlikely that he has a future at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers.

West Ham have seen a £15million offer for Carroll accepted by Liverpool, and are now waiting for Carroll to agree to the move, though Allardyce admits he wants his transfer business done quickly this summer.

“Our first priority is signing Andy Carroll, if we can.

“We have nearly finished our planning for pre-season and the players have all had their training programmes given to them so when they come back on 1st July they are ready to go.

“Then it’s about the recruitment of the other players who we want as quickly as possible. That will be the most difficult part of the summer.”

The Hammers have also been linked with the likes of Peter Crouch of Stoke City or a loan move for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku as alternatives to Carroll.

Meanwhile, Liverpool look set to replace him upfront with Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas.

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