Allardyce keen to keep Carroll

Sam Allardyce has confirmed West Ham are keen to retain the

services of on-loan striker Andy Carroll and is hopeful a deal can

be finalised.

Carroll joined the Hammers from Liverpool on a one-year loan

deal last August after struggling to establish himself at Anfield

following his club-record ?35million switch from Newcastle in

January 2011.

The 24-year-old has been hampered by injury during his time at

Upton Park but, since returning to fitness, he has hit form over

the last few months and was this week was recalled to the England

squad for the upcoming friendlies against Republic of Ireland and

Brazil.

And Allardyce has also seen enough to want Carroll back at West

Ham next season, believing the powerful hitman can develop into a

“very good player” at the club.

“He has shown everybody what he can do and he has massive

potential to grow into a very good player if he ends up back here

with us,” Allardyce told reporters ahead of West Ham’s final

Premier League match against Reading on Sunday.

“He’s so willing to learn and become better that I think we

could do well for each other, but there is a way to go before that

might get sorted.

“It’s about negotiation and both parties have to be happy that

the negotiation cannot go any farther and it’s a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. We

hope it’s a ‘yes’ and we hope it is as quickly as possible.”

He added: “I think that my reflection of Andy is exactly what I

said from the start – as soon as we get him match-fit, the sooner

you will see the goals.

“That match-fitness never came until his run after his second

injury and I’m still wondering what he might have done this year

had we got him off that one minute before he did his hamstring in

his first game (against Fulham).”