West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has defended his decision to pay big last summer for Andy Carroll.

The burly striker was secured on a permanent basis by the London club from Liverpool after a loan stint, and cost £15m.

Despite his hefty price tag, Carroll has only netted two Premier League goals after spending much of the season on the sidelines with various injury problems and suspensions.

This has led some critics of ‘Big Sam’ to label the front-man a flop and question the Irons chief’s decision making in the transfer market.

However when asked if he would alter his approach in the coming window, Allardyce said:

“Not really. Depending on the season and what plays out in the market, it may be spread across the board a bit more, yes, but that market may not allow you to do that.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.

“When one particular player makes a play to come to your club at the size and talent of that particular player then you go for it.

“In the end, you have to wait at that particular time and negotiate at that particular time to see if you can move that player.

“I think Andy’s signing was one of few players that we’ve signed which were no.1 or no.2 on the list.

“Our list in each position is accumulated and then you start to move forward on that list.”

West Ham have already been linked with a host of players heading into the summer, with Nuremberg striker Josip Drmic a top target.

Manchester City’s Joleon Lescott is also an option, with the centre-back due to be out of contract in a few months’ time.

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