Liverpool Transfer Rumors: Andy Carroll Will Reportedly Shun West Ham Offer

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IAugust 6, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Andy Carroll of Liverpool celebrates scoring their first goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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In spite of the doubt that loomed large about Liverpool forward Andy Carroll's future with the team, it is now official that he wishes to stay.

According to ESPN Football Correspondent Harry Harris, Carroll has no interest in the top-notch deal laid out by West Ham United and won't be attempting to "return to Newcastle United."

Carroll is not even tempted by the massive eight-year contract on offer from West Ham that in total would be worth an astonishing £36 million. 

It is most intriguing to see a player of Carroll's level deny such a hefty contract, to say the very least. This is a team that dominated the English League Championship and is back to the Premier League via promotion after last season.

The team went 24-8-14 and scored a league-best 81 goals in the process. At 86 points, the Hammers finished just three points behind the title winners.

Yet Carroll decided to stay with a Liverpool squad that finished eighth place in the league and certainly needs to improve offensively. Carroll, who played in 35 matches and 14 as a substitute, is clearly a player that will make a tremendous impact next season.

There is no doubt Liverpool do themselves a huge favor by being able to bring back Carroll for next season. His presence up front is tremendous as well as his talent with the football. He posted four goals last season and was red hot to finish the year.

In his last seven games overall with the team, Carroll has posted three goals, 36 shots and 10 on goal.

Talk about some numbers.

If Carroll can build on these figures in helping Uruguayan talent Luis Suarez more in the attack next season, Liverpool can expect a top-5 finish for certain.

Make no mistake about it, Carroll might not be taking the crazy deal, but he ultimately ends up on a team with title hopes. Carroll will undoubtedly need to build off of his play to finish they year in the 2011-12 campaign, but if he can do that, Liverpool are a surefire contender to take the title.