Tuesday, July 31, 2012
ANDY CARROLL REFUSES TO MOVE TO WESTHAM ON LOAN
Liverpool Striker, Andy Carroll has rejected a move to West Ham despite Liverpool accepting their £19 million offer.
The Hammers had agreed a £2 million season-long loan with a stipulation that they pay £17 million at the end of the season should they retain their Premier League status.
Allardyce is a huge admirer of the Liverpool striker but senior Upton Park sources have privately given up hope of capturing the England international despite reports that they have agreed a loan deal with Liverpool as Carroll does not want to move to the Premier League new boys and the Londoners are unable to match his current £80,000-a-week salary.
West Ham had hoped that the fact Carroll's agent, Mark Curtis, also represents Sam Allardyce and Kevin Nolan may boost their chances of a move, with Nolan a good friend of the striker.
However, it is understood that Carroll is only willing to play for a club that is competing in European competition, and Newcastle United, who had earlier seen a bid rejected, would be his preferred destination if he is forced to leave Anfield.
The public nature of West Ham's interest has surprised some observers, given that the club's current wage ceiling is £40,000-a-week and there is not expected to be a repeat of the kind of £90,000-a-week deal that brought Wayne Bridge on loan from Manchester City in 2010-11.
Brendan Rodgers has insisted there is no chance of Carroll leaving Liverpool on loan but the manager admits the Merseysiders will consider offers for the 23-year-old.
Carroll would prefer a return to Newcastle if he is sold by Liverpool rather than a move to east London although it is believed that he would not be opposed to a switch to a Champions League-calibre club based in the capital.
Newcastle have also made a bid for the striker, but they have only been prepared to loan the player for a season and pay £13m in a year’s time.
The collapse of West Ham’s pursuit has scuppered Allardyce’s plans, even though the manager is on the verge of signing defender James Collins from Aston Villa.