New financial fair play rules could scupper West Ham’s hopes of signing Andy Carroll from Liverpool in the summer.
The England forward is on loan at the club for the season but there is a will on all sides for the move to be made permanent in the summer.
However, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce said restrictions due to be introduced next season may prevent any move for Carroll.
Allardyce said: “I will still point towards financial restrictions being implemented next season – they could blow the whole deal in one go.”
The new rules prohibit clubs from making losses of more than £105m over three seasons and wage bills must also be limited with threats of a points deduction if clubs do not comply.
“Financially you are restricted to be able to do it,” Allardyce continued.
“So in one fell swoop the financial restrictions mean Andy Carroll can’t sign for us from Liverpool because it’s too expensive, even if he wanted to.
“I might not be able to afford Andy Carroll, full stop, even if I wanted him, even if the chairmen wanted him, even if we all wanted him – which we do – it will not be allowed to happen.”
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