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West Ham line up Carroll loan

July 11, 2012
By Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

West Ham United have confirmed to ESPN that they are interested in signing Liverpool striker Andy Carroll on a season-long loan.

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GettyImagesAndy Carroll's future is unclear

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Carroll, 23, signed for Liverpool from Newcastle for £35 million in 2011 but struggled after the move, scoring just six Premier League goals in 42 appearances. His form did, however, improve towards the end of last season and he was on target for England with a fine header against Sweden at Euro 2012.

Recent reports have suggested that the Reds are open to letting Carroll leave this summer, with new manager Brendan Rodgers coy over whether the forward's future lies at Anfield.

Serie A side AC Milan have been mooted as potential candidates for his signature, although an approach has yet to be confirmed.

The Hammers, though, are to lodge an offer of a season-long loan, and a source told ESPN: "West Ham are rating their chances of getting Carroll on loan as low as 10%, but you never know."

It is unclear whether Carroll is in Rodgers' plans, particularly after Liverpool were strongly linked with a move for Roma forward Fabio Borini.

Later on Wednesday, West Ham co-owner David Gold told BBC Sport: "I am not aware of any talks between ourselves or Liverpool over Andy Carroll. But that's not to say we don't have an interest should he become available."