Transfer talk

Carroll wants Liverpool stay

August 6, 2012
By Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

Andrew Carroll has made it clear he wants to stay at Liverpool and fight for his place, and will reject any move to West Ham United or a return to Newcastle United.

Andy Carroll gives the thumbs up during Liverpool's American tour
APAndy Carroll appears certain to stay at Anfield this season

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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. The Hammers were willing to break their own wage structure to sign Carroll, having agreed terms with Liverpool.

However, a well-placed ESPN source said on Monday: "Andy is staying at Liverpool for sure."

West Ham's £19 million bid for Carroll was accepted by Liverpool, but the England centre forward has rejected the move to Upton Park, and the Hammers will now turning their attention elsewhere.

Sam Allardyce is now set to turn his attentions elsewhere, although he is deeply disappointed to have missed out on the striker.

"I would probably have stuck my neck out and said we would almost certainly stay up with him on board," Allardyce told The People. "We wouldn't have thought we would have had any chance of signing a player of Andy Carroll's capabilities but it became clear a couple of weeks ago there was a possibility of a loan. Unfortunately at this moment, it's not the case."