Hammers agree Carroll fee
West Ham's chances of signing Liverpool striker Andy Carroll on a permanent deal appear to now rest solely with the player after the two clubs reached agreement on a transfer fee.
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It is understood Liverpool agreed several weeks ago to accept a fee of £15million, rising with various add-ons, to get the 24-year-old striker off their wage bill.
9. Andy Carroll
With the Hammers willing to pay the asking price for a player that cost £35million when joining the Reds from Newcastle in January 2011, the only barrier to the transfer is Carroll himself, who has spoken fondly of his season-long loan at Upton Park.
A major consideration for the England international, recently recalled to Roy Hodgson's squad, will be the implications of a pay cut at Upton Park.
But with a World Cup just 12 months away, Carroll has to weigh up whether he would be better off playing regularly with little likelihood of first-team football under Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.
Despite only scoring seven goals at West Ham, the 6ft 3ins striker proved a popular signing and he enjoyed his time in London.
"I have enjoyed every minute of being here," he told West Ham's website.
"I have just tried to play my best in every match, score goals and keep myself fit once I got back from the injuries I had and then push on from there.
"I have worked hard to get myself back in the England squad, trying to play my best for West Ham, so I am really pleased about that.
"I just have to make sure I keep playing well to stay in there.
"I have had a great season here at West Ham, really enjoyed being part of a great set of lads in the team, with the staff around us and the fans.
"Everyone has been so welcoming to me and I have been over the moon to be here. This is a great club."
Meanwhile, Carroll has been ruled out of England's friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil due to a foot injury.
The Football Association confirmed the news in a statement on Tuesday night, stating that no replacement is being called up by manager Roy Hodgson at the present time.
"Andy Carroll has been ruled out of the England squad for the upcoming internationals with Republic of Ireland and Brazil," said the FA statement.
"Carroll had been named in Roy Hodgson's squad that will take on Ireland at Wembley on Wednesday, May 29, and then travel to Rio to face Brazil on June 2, but has now been forced to withdraw through injury.
"No replacement will be made at this time."
The news of Carroll's withdrawal comes as a blow to Hodgson, who has already spoken glowingly about the player's end-of-season form at West Ham.
There is no obvious alternative to the burly forward in the remainder of Hodgson's squad, which also includes Manchester United pair Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, plus Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge and Tottenham forward Jermain Defoe.
England's players are due to meet up at St George's Park on Sunday, by which time it should be known whether Tom Cleverley will be available after he suffered a calf injury during United's 5-5 draw at West Brom on Sunday.