It seems that a loan deal has been agreed between West Ham and Liverpool for Andy Carroll, and the Geordie striker is in London taking a medical, before he signs up for the season long loan deal in east London.
Andy Carroll – going on loan to West Ham
It had been clear for a few weeks now that Andy has no future at the Liverpool club, and West Ham have agreed to pay Carroll’s wages – reported today to be £100K/week – plus a £1M loan fee, and that will cost West Ham £6M for one season of Andy Carroll’s services at Upton Park.
What have West Ham been smoking?
Now you know why Newcastle didn’t do the deal, because after all, we only paid £8M for Papiss Cisse outright last January, and paid £2M to Demba Ba’s agents to get him to Tyneside last summer as a free agent.
This seems an awfully expensive one year loan deal for West Ham, and no doubt Liverpool will be very happy with the deal.
The news is that Andy Carroll was told about the deal yesterday, and he agreed to it with the proviso there would be no option to make the deal permanent next May, and the striker has flown to London to have a medical and make the loan deal official, after Newcastle would not pay the loan requirements of Liverpool.
It seems Liverpool were willing enough to get Andy off the wage bill for the season, but then they will have trouble moving on unless other clubs, other than West Ham, want to sign him permanently next May.
Obviously West Ham will still hope they can persuade him to sign a permanent deal next May, but he don’t expect Newcastle to be interested, because the transfer fee Liverpool want is still said to be around £19M, and Andy’s simply not worth that much.
Not when Newcastle bought Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba for £10M between them, so we’re not surprised that Newcastle didn’t make the loan deal for £6M – for just one season – that’s ridiculously expensive.
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