The England striker is set to deal a blow to West Ham’s chances of completing a £10 million summer move for the on-loan Reds striker, who wants to prove himself on Merseyside
By Greg Stobart
Andy Carroll will tell Liverpool he wants to fight for his future at the club next season, dealing a blow to West Ham’s chances of completing a permanent move for the striker.
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The Hammers are keen to seal a permanent deal worth around £10 million for the on-loan 24-year-old, who has scored six goals in his last 10 appearances for the club.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has opened early talks with Liverpool over a transfer that would force the Reds to accept a £25m loss on the player they brought from Newcastle for £35m in 2011.
But sources close to Carroll say the England international hopes to return to Merseyside next season and force his way in to manager Brendan Rodger’s plans during pre-season.
Carroll has three years left on his £80,000-a-week contract at Anfield and does not expect to sign permanently for West Ham, despite enjoying his time in east London under Sam Allardyce.
“Andy has enjoyed it at West Ham and he’s in good form – but he’s never hidden the fact that he wants to be a success at Liverpool,” said a source close to the player.
Last summer, West Ham negotiated the option for a permanent transfer at the end of the season believed to be worth £17m, but the Londoners want a cheaper deal.
Newcastle have also been strongly linked with their former forward but Carroll’s transfer fee and wages are considered far too expensive for the north east club.
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