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Friday, July 27, 2012
West Ham in record bid for Carroll

ESPN staff

West Ham have confirmed to ESPN that they have made a bid for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll that would shatter the club's transfer record.

Carroll, 23, is thought to be surplus to requirements at Anfield despite the 35 million spent on him in January 2011 and Liverpool could be ready to let him leave this summer.

The Hammers have offered 2 million to loan Carroll until the end of the 2012-13 season and will also meet his 80,000-a-week wage demands. The bid also contains a clause that would see Carroll join in a permanent deal for a further 16 million, if the club avoid relegation.

A source at the Upton Park club confirmed to ESPN on Friday that a bid had been made for the England forward.

The total outlay of West Ham's bid is significantly more than the 7.5 million they paid Liverpool for Craig Bellamy in 2007 and Jack Sullivan, son of David Sullivan, the West Ham co-owner, virtually confirmed the news by tweeting: "Dad is working on the biggest signing in the history of the club - twice as big as anything the club have done before!"

Carroll himself, however, is thought to favour a return to Newcastle rather than a move to London, despite the presence of former Newcastle team-mate and good friend Kevin Nolan at Upton Park.

Newcastle are reported to have offered him a loan move for the season with the option of a 15 million deal next summer, but Liverpool rejected the proposal as it included them paying a significant portion of the England striker's wages.

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