Carroll open to Hammers move

  • Last Updated: April 14 2013, 13:21 BST

Andy Carroll is open to joining West Ham permanently but admits to being unsure as to where his future lies.

Carroll: Scored for West Ham at Southampton
Carroll: Scored for West Ham at Southampton

The football world was taken aback just over two years ago when Liverpool forked out a club record transfer fee of £35million to sign the front man.

Carroll arrived as replacement for Fernando Torres but the move never quite worked out, leading to a season-long loan at West Ham in the summer.

The east Londoners have the option to make the deal permanent for an undisclosed fee, although reports this week suggest they will reduce their offer.

Carroll has also been linked with a move to former club Newcastle and the striker is not sure what the future holds past the end of the season.

"I have just got to wait and see, really," he said. "We'll see what happens at the end of the season.

"Obviously I don't know what is happening so we will just have to wait and see.

"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."

Asked whether he would stay if West Ham put the right money on the table, he added: "We will have to wait and see. It is obviously a great club and I do not see why not."

Meanwhile Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool are comfortable with the decision to loan Carroll to the Hammers despite their goalless draw with Reading.

The Reds amassed 15 shots on target at the Madejski Stadium yet were unable of finding a way past a stunning performance from goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who made a succession of world-class saves.

While they were drawing a blank against relegation-doomed Reading, Carroll netted his sixth West Ham goal to earn a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Southampton.

"It's not at all unfortunate that Andy's scoring goals. We're the fourth highest goalscorers in the league, so scoring hasn't been a problem for us," Rodgers said.

"Andy's situation is really simple. He didn't want to stay and be on the bench. He wanted to play games.

"You always try to find solutions to break down the opposition. We broke down Reading, we just came up against a keeper that was inspired.

"We can have no complaints this year, we've scored many goals. But in the last two games we just haven't been able to produce the goal, which sometimes happens.

"But we've kept a clean sheet as well. That's 13 clean sheets, which is one of the best records in the league.

"These are marginal gains that we'll take, but we know we have to finish off games like that in the future."


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