West Ham were willing to ‘blow their budget’ for Liverpool’s Carroll
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan says the club were ready to break the bank in their bid to sign Andy Carroll from Liverpool
West Ham United were willing to “blow their budget” in a desperate attempt to sign Liverpool’s Andy Carroll, according to the club’s co-owner David Sullivan.
The Hammers made an offer to take Carroll on a season-long loan, with the newly-promoted side willing to sign the England international for a reported £17m fee if they avoided an immediate return to the Championship next May.
Sullivan revealed that West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, who worked with Carroll during an eight-month spell at Newcastle, was desperate to sign the target man.
But despite Liverpool giving Carroll permission to speak to West Ham, the former Magpies forward turned down the chance to move to Upton Park, reiterating his desire to turn around his stuttering Reds career.
“I can only talk about this because it has been put in the public domain already,” co-owner Sullivan told the Daily Mirror. “My manager wanted Andy Carroll, so we backed him.
“Andy was the perfect player for him and the style of football we play.
“We had a deal in place with Liverpool to borrow the player which automatically became a purchase if we stayed up.
“We hoped, as he had the same agent as our manager – a man we had done a lot of business with – and he was very friendly with Kevin Nolan, our captain, that Andy would want to come.
“It was a terribly expensive deal with the loan fee and with his wages, which were enormous – too much for a club like ours. But, as the manager really wanted him, we were prepared to pay it.
“But he really wants to stay at Liverpool. He believes that he will get back into the side by his performances – coming off the bench or for the reserves.
“He believes the manager will have to put him back in the side. But it’s wrong to discuss what is in his mind. Only he knows that.”
Carroll has scored 11 goals in 59 appearances for Liverpool after completing a £35m move from Newcastle United to the Reds in January 2011.