Transfer news

Reds ready to accept Carroll bid

July 30, 2012
By Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

Liverpool are prepared to accept West Ham's club-record £18 million offer for Andy Carroll, but a deal has yet to be struck as the striker remains undecided about whether to leave Anfield.

Andy Carroll
GettyImagesAndy Carroll wants to fight for his place at Liverpool but may be forced out of the club

The Hammers approached Liverpool last week with a bid for Carroll, which would see an initial £2 million loan fee change hands and the remaining amount paid to secure a permanent switch next summer - as long as Sam Allardyce's side are still in the Premier League.

Allardyce believes he has a good chance of landing the former Newcastle man, who became the most expensive British player of all time after his £35 million move to Anfield in January 2011, though any deal is dependent on convincing Carroll to move down to London.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is believed to need the sale of the England forward to help finance his planned summer purchases, with Swansea's Joe Allen and Fulham's Clint Dempsey on his wishlist.

Despite Liverpool making it clear that he can leave at the right price and there being the promise of more regular football at West Ham, however, Carroll is currently determined to stay and fight for his place at Anfield.