West Ham tipped to step up bid

Andy CarrollNew reports suggest West Ham will soon step up their attempts to agree a permanent transfer for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, according to the Chronicle.

The Hammers have made no secret of the fact they want the former Newcastle man to stay on at Upton Park as he has impressed on a season-long loan from Liverpool.

Both boss Sam Allardyce and co-owner David Sullivan have expressed their desire to sign the 24-year-old permanently this summer but they are unwilling to pay the £18million the Reds are widely said to want for a player they spent £35million on when recruiting him from St James’ Park in 2011.

Carroll himself is open to a full-time Hammers move although he has also said he believes he could yet force his way into Brendan Rodgers’ plans at Anfield if given the chance next season.

New reports say talks are planned between West Ham and the player following the final game of the Premier League season against Reading on Sunday, before they will then attempt to reach an agreement with Liverpool over a deal.

Newcastle remain interested in their former centre-forward but are also unlikely to want to fork out the current asking price.

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