West Ham complete Carroll capture

Carroll’s position at Anfield has been the subject of

considerable speculation since new manager Brendan Rodgers took

charge earlier in the summer.

The 23-year-old had also been linked with a return to former

club Newcastle but the Hammers have now acquired his services for

the 2012-13 season.

A brief statement from Liverpool read: “Liverpool Football Club

can confirm that Andy Carroll has joined West Ham United on a

season-long loan.

“The striker will spend the whole of 2012-13 with Sam

Allardyce’s team.”

Carroll joined the Reds in a club record ?35million deadline day

deal in January 2011 but has failed to establish himself on

Merseyside.

Reports that he was poised to move to Upton Park grew during the

evening and he was conspicuous by his absence as Liverpool faced

Hearts in a Europa League qualifier tonight.

Carroll scored nine goals for the Reds last season but did not

command a regular starting place.

He began to impress towards the end of the campaign and shone at

Euro 2012 with England but he still did not appear to feature in

Rodgers’ plans.

Carroll told West Ham’s official website: “It’s great to be here

at West Ham and all signed up – I just can’t wait to get started

now.

“I want to be playing games and obviously hoping to score some

goals. I know the manager well and some of the lads, so it is nice

for me to come to a place where I know people.

“I’m hoping to add a lot of goals and create a few chances. I

know Sam from Newcastle and he was a massive reason for me coming.

When I worked with him at Newcastle it was great so it was a

no-brainer really.”

Allardyce added: “I think for all parties this is a great

signing. Andy is an all-round footballer, but because he is 6ft 3in

and one of his strengths is his aerial power, everybody dismisses

the ability he possesses on the floor.

“Hopefully he can score goals for us and we will be in a very

good position at the end of the year in the Premier League.”