West Ham transfer move in doubt

Andy CarrollWest Ham could miss out on Andy Carroll this summer as Liverpool may sell the striker to his former side Newcastle.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce secured the services of Carroll on loan from Liverpool at the start of the season and has voiced his desire to sign the striker permanently this summer, despite Carroll’s injury record over the course of the campaign.

Reports earlier this week suggested Liverpool would demand an £18million fee for Carroll, who cost the Reds £35million when they signed him from Newcastle in January 2011.

Liverpool’s hefty price-tag may well have ended West Ham’s interest regardless, but the latest reports suggest that Carroll could be used as a makeweight in a potential deal that would see the striker return to St James’ Park, with French playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa heading to Anfield.

It has also been claimed that the occasional England international may have a future at Anfield despite boss Brendan Rodgers’ decision to send him out on loan at the start of the season.

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