West Ham make the permanent signing of Andy Carroll their “top priority”


With a decent enough season and with glimpses of the form which saw him being the star man in Newcastle’s promotion back into the Premier League a few seasons ago and led to his transfer to Liverpool for £35 million, but with little opportunities on Merseyside, Sam Allardyce think the big number 9 should seek pastures new at West Ham.

 

The Hammers boss has confirmed that they are in talks with Liverpool over the transfer of Carroll but Liverpool are holding out for £17 million for the striker who has scored 7 goals this season and been rewarded with a recall into the England squad to play against Ireland and Brazil in upcoming friendlies. In a similar case to Torres, the club realises they will never be sold on for a higher price in which they bought them, Torres won’t ever be sold on for more than £50 million and unless Andy Carroll produces some scintillating form, he won’t ever be estimated more than his initial transfer fee to Liverpool.

 

Obviously Allardyce would want Carroll to stay on, he has the frame to bully defenders and has a lot of technique which seems to be largely untapped. It also helps that Allardyce’s philosophy of football suits the way Carroll can play with knocking up to the front man and a player like Nolan, who scored 3 on the final match of the season to feed off him and it provided West Ham with a top half finish with is a fantastic building block for next season to improve on. A return to Newcastle is also in the cards as Pardew looks to add reinforcements to his bare frontline. Monaco have also made an inquiry into the big Geordie as they use their backing from Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev who has just seen his club promoted back into Ligue 1 and wants Champions League football as soon as possible. I think the future of the English frontline can be held down by Carroll if he finds a regular club and gets a consistent run in a team.

 

 

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