Liverpool Reportedly Agree to Permanent Deal Selling Andy Carroll to West Ham
Andy Carroll got his wish, and he will now remain at West Ham on a permanent basis.
According to Sky Sports News, Liverpool agreed to sell the player to the fellow English Premier League club after he spent the year there on loan:
Sky Sources: West Ham agree deal with Liverpool to sign Andy Carroll on permanent basis. More on #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 21, 2013
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Carroll started 22 matches for West Ham, scoring seven goals with four assists. The 24-year-old forward helped the club to a 10th-place finish in the EPL after the squad competed in the championship division the year before.
He also has been used as a member of the English national team, scoring a goal in a Euro 2012 match.
Manager Sam Allardyce stated that keeping the talented player around was one of the biggest priorities of the summer (via The Telegraph):
If we can start with Andy Carroll that would be a great achievement for us as he can only get better and better.
Then we build around that in terms of how we want to improve next year, with better quality. It is our target to make it a permanent situation.
Additionally, Carroll was encouraged about the possibility of sticking around after this season. According to ESPN's Kevin Palmer, the forward said in April, "It has been great here and every minute has been fantastic. The lads have been great, the gaffer has been great and the fans are unbelievable."
It appears he got what he was looking for to help the young club continue to improve heading into next season.
As for Liverpool, the club had little room for Carroll with Luis Suarez playing well and the emergence of Daniel Sturridge. This will allow the squad to possibly improve another position of need to help get the historic program back to the top of the league table.
Carroll and West Ham got their wish, and this is a move that appears to make sense for all parties involved.
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