West Ham United have agreed a 2m loan fee with a view to a permanent transfer of 17m for Liverpool and England striker Andy Carroll.
Newcastle United failed in their bid to re-sign the player after having an offer turned down by the Reds.
With new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers in charge, Carroll has become surplus to requirements.
"Andy is a terrific young player," Rodgers said. "I had a brief chat with all the lads and over the next couple of weeks I'll be able to speak to them with more confidence and on a one-to-one basis.
"There is no doubt he is a terrific talent. There has been a lot of unfair criticism aimed towards Andy. He is a player who can play in a number of styles and it was a wee bit unfair on him to say he couldn't fit into the way I would want to play.
"We've got a number of very, very talented players in the group, of which Andy is one."
Rumours have circulated that Carroll does not want to join West Ham, therefore it is premature to think that this is a done deal just yet.