BBC Sport is reporting that West Ham have agreed a deal with Liverpool to take Andy Carroll to West Ham next season, with an option to sign the big striker at the end of the season.
Andy Carroll – West Ham agree deal for striker
But the money being talked about is a lot, too much, with the loan deal being for £2M with the option of then signing Andy for £17M at the end of the season, providing that West Ham stay in the Premier League, and that’s a lot of money to pay out for the former Newcastle striker.
We wonder where West Ham are getting that kind of money from – and all going on one player – after they spent a year down below last season.
This deal is getting to be a bit of a saga, and Newcastle still seem to be interested, but will hardly overpay to take Andy back to Tyneside, even though they got £35M in cool cash from Liverpool just eighteen months ago.
Andy Carroll has said that if he does move out on loan this coming season, he wants to join an English team who are playing in Europe, and with West Ham having just been promoted after they won the play-off final against Blackpool, they of course don’t meet that criteria.
Andy would still like to stay at Liverpool to fight it out for his first team place, and if he cannot do that, sources close to him have said he wants to return to Newcastle, but Mike Ashley will hardly be willing to pay out £19M for a one year loan deal and then a permanent transfer – we should leave that deal to West Ham.
It could still be that Andy turns the deal down from West Ham, but he would need to know that Newcastle will not pay that kind of money for him, before he would accept the deal offered by the Hammers, who presumably would be willing to pay his £75K/week wages too?
Andy even at £15M, not counting the loan fee, is still third choice among four potential strikers, in a poll we posted earlier today.
The transfer fees are simply best estimates.
Which Striker Would Be The Best Buy For Newcastle?
- Loic Remy for £9M (60%, 3,676 Votes)
- John Guidetti for £7M (23%, 1,426 Votes)
- Andy Carroll for £15M (14%, 842 Votes)
- Luc Castaignos for £6M (3%, 196 Votes)
Total Voters: 6,140