West Ham captain Kevin Nolan is hopeful that his Hammers team mate and friend Andy Carroll will sign for the club permanently next season.

Carroll has had a tough time with injuries since he joined the Hammers on loan in the summer but scored the winner on his first start for two months last week against Swansea.

The Newcastle-born striker has been linked with a summer move back to his home town club but the Hammers already have an agreement with Liverpool and will now enter negotiations with the player.

It is thought that the 24-year-old would prefer a move back to the North East although he would still relish the chance to prove his doubters wrong at Liverpool too.

Nolan would love Carroll to stay at Upton Park and feels a permanent switch could be perfect for the player and the club if it can be agreed this summer.

“I think Andy’s perfect for us and we’re perfect for him,” Nolan told the Daily Mirror.

“Sam is definitely the right man to get the best out of him.

“He’s in London, one of the best cities in the world. He’s playing for a great club, he’s playing with lads who know him, want to play with him. Only time will tell.

“You’ll never know what’s going to happen in the next window. We’ll just have to wait and see. But he’s got to score goals or we won’t want to buy him, will we? He’s only scored two for us.

“He’s got to start pulling his finger out for us if he wants us to buy him!”

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