Liverpool striker Andy Carroll is poised for an Anfield exit as West Ham have agreed to take the striker on loan for a £2m fee. The club have an option to purchase Carroll for £17m at the end of the loan period, so long as they avoid relegation.
Carroll is friends with West Ham club captain Kevin Nolan, and he shares the same agent as West Ham manager Sam Allardyce.
In related news, Liverpool and new manager Brendan Rodgers are reportedly interested in bringing American Clint Dempsey to Anfield. One coming in from London and one going out to London, it seems.
Of course, West Ham’s most accomplished striker, Carlton Cole, won’t be too happy about the Carroll move as it means the former England international could be relegated to a role on the bench after serving as West Ham’s most prolific striker of the past 5+ years.
Cole’s price in the Fantasy Premier League game is just 5.5M, the same as new West Ham signing Modibo Maiga. Carroll is a much more expensive option – rated at 8.5M.
Fantasy managers may avoid Carroll’s lofty 8.5m pricetag unless he can produce the type of form that saw him score 11 goals in 19 Premier League games at Newcastle to start the 2010-2011 season, and at just 23 years old, he still has room to grow.
Good bit of loan business by West Ham, and a chance for Carroll to get his confidence back and play regular first team football in a team that plays a very direct style- which should suit his aerial ability.