Liverpool FC football transfer rumour news, Aug 31
Ending intense speculation over his future at Anfield, Andy Carroll has decided to join West Ham for the rest of 2012-13 campaign, after failing to establish himself on Merseyside especially after new manager Brendan Rodgers took charge earlier in the summer.
Rodgers was already ready to take Carroll off Liverpool’s payroll for the season as he didn’t see £35million England striker in his first-team plans.
“I believe it has been difficult for him in his period here,” Rodgers said last night. “He hasn’t played anywhere near as regularly as he wanted to and he wanted this to be a season where he was going to be playing regularly.”
West Ham will pay £1.5 million loan fee to Liverpool for the 23-year-old centre-forward. Andy Carroll’s wages for the 2012-13 season will also be paid by Hammers. “It’s great to be here at West Ham and all signed up – I just can’t wait to get started now,” Carroll told West Ham’s official website, after agreeing to join Hammers on a loan, with an option for a permanent £17 million deal next summer.
Brendan Rodgers will reportedly try to cover Andy Carroll’s departure to Hammers by signing Daniel Sturridge on loan from Chelsea on last day of transfers. Liverpool manager is also likely to sign Fulham’s Clint Dempsey on the deadline day; however, the board is reluctant to pay £8 million for the American.
Carroll’s departure from Liverpool also coincided with the signing of German striker Samed Yesil from Bayer Leverkusen. The 18-year-old, who has scored 22 goals in 26 appearances for his country, has been signed by Liverpool to bolster the youth ranks.