West Ham co-owner David Sullivan says the Hammers are hoping to sign Andy Carroll permanently from Liverpool over the close season.
Carroll has scored seven Premier League goals during his loan spell this season and, after initially struggling with injuries, has now rediscovered his best form at Upton Park.
Sullivan is full of praise for a contribution that has lifted the club into the top 10 and says he hopes to sit down with both the player and Liverpool to try and sort out a permanent switch.
“We would love to keep him beyond this season and we will soon be sitting down with Andy and Liverpool to make some progress on that front,” said Sullivan in the Daily Mirror.
“Andy has battled back from injury twice to put in a series of tireless shifts for the team. His game is about so much more than just scoring goals.
“He is so often the focal point of everything good we do going forward.”
The 24-year-old striker, who joined Liverpool in a £35million deal from Newcastle in January 2011, has said he has enjoyed his time in London and would be open to a permanent deal but the stumbling block could be the price.
Liverpool are thought to be keen to secure at least £17million for Carroll but the Hammers are believed to be only willing to pay in the region of £10million for the forward.