Liverpool transfers: Allardyce will decide Carroll future in the summer

Liverpool transfers: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says he will make a decision about Andy Carroll at the end of the season

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Sam Allardyce says West Ham United will make a decision on whether to sign Liverpool striker Andy Carroll on a permanent deal at the end of the season.

The 24-year-old has impressed at the Hammers in recent weeks, scoring in a 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday and taking his tally to eight goals for the season.

Carroll has endured a mixed campaign after moving to the east London side from Liverpool on a season-long loan deal, with injuries hampering his impact at Upton Park.

However, Allardyce believes Carroll is a natural goal-scorer and the Hammers boss intends to look at the striker’s potential future at West Ham in the summer.

“We’ll make a decision on all the loan players at the end of the season,” said Allardyce.

“I always said that once Andy got match-fit he’d put the goals in the back of the net and show that he is a good goal scorer as well as a good player, and his goals just sum it up.

“When we needed him he was there, he’s produced and that’s what you want, someone who can turn a game for you. And that’s what he’s done recently and made it very comfortable for us in terms of points.

“He can miss some chances but it’s not worrying him anymore.”

Carroll scored 11 goals in 58 appearances for the Reds after completing a £35m move to Anfield from Newcastle United in January 2011.

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