Liverpool accept £15m West Ham bid for Andy Carroll but striker undecided on move
Undecided: Carroll is unsure of signing permanently for West Ham
Liverpool have accepted a £15million bid from West Ham for Andy Carroll but the striker is dithering over whether to sign permanently for the Hammers.
In his eight months on loan at Upton Park, the 6ft 3in England international has rediscovered some of the form that persuaded the Reds to pay Newcastle an eye-watering £35m for his services two-and-a-half years ago.
Despite an injury lay-off, Carroll found the net seven times this season for the east Londoners and declared he had ‘enjoyed every minute of being at West Ham’.
Regular first-team football under boss Sam Allardyce has helped Carroll force his way back into the England reckoning, with the giant Geordie selected by Roy Hodgson for the forthcoming friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
Carroll would be a bit-part player under Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers but the 24-year-old will have to take a significant cut to his £80,000-per-week wages if he leaves Anfield for the Boleyn Ground.
If Carroll declines, Allardyce will turn his attentions to Ivory Coast international Wilfried Bony, who has bagged Vitesse Arnhem 31 goals in the Dutch top flight this term.
The Hammers, meanwhile, look set to part company with Carlton Cole after the out-of-favour former Chelsea forward, 29, appeared to tweet his goodbyes to fans.
Cole said: ‘Life is filled with ups & downs today is a down but i’ll be back! Carlton Cole/CFC as i have been called has left the building #UNDERCHUFFED.
‘i want to thank the West Ham fans for their support especially the 1′s who made the away games feel like a home 1 #COYI
‘i came to East London not knowing what to expect but i’m glad i did the last 7 years I’ve met a lot of good honest decent people #THANKYOU.’
Allardyce today made his first signing of the summer, acquiring Romania captain Razvan Rat for free from Shakhtar Donetsk.
The 31-year-old full-back, who has spent the last ten years in Ukraine, joins on a one-year deal.