Andy Carroll joins West Ham on loan from Liverpool
Andy Carroll has completed a sensational loan move to West Ham.
The Liverpool striker joins the Hammers for the rest of the season -
with the deal becoming permanent next summer if they stay up.He told his new club: 'It's great to be here at West Ham and all signed up - I just can't wait to get started now.
Done deal: Andy Carroll has signed on loan for West Ham from Liverpool 'I want to be playing games and obviously hoping to score some goals. I know the manager well and some of the lads, so it is nice for me to come to a place where I know people. 'I'm hoping to add a lot of goals and create a few chances.
I know Sam from Newcastle and he was a massive reason for me coming. When I worked with him at Newcastle it was great so it was a no-brainer really.' Manager Sam Allardyce added: 'I think for all parties this is a great signing. Andy is an all-round footballer, but because he is 6'3' and one of his strengths is his aerial power, everybody dismisses the ability he possesses on the floor.
'Hopefully he can score goals for us and we will be in a very good position at the end of the year in the Barclays Premier League.'It is a remarkable switch for the England international, who cost Liverpool a staggering £35million in January 2011.
He failed to make an impact at Anfield under Kenny Dalglish and new manager Brendan Rodgers quickly made it clear that he wasn't part of his plans.Carroll was wanted by his former club Newcastle but it is understood that Liverpool were unwilling to let him return to their close rivals.
Instead, he finds himself on the way to Upton Park, where he will be first-choice striker.
Friends reunited: Carroll will link up with good friend and former Newcastle team-mate Kevin Nolan at Upton Park West Ham will pay Carroll's £80,000 per week wages - along with a ?1.5m loan fee - to bring him to east London in a move that will excite their fans.
They will then have to pay £18m to make the deal permanent next summer. The striker's fall from grace has been dramatic - although perhaps not as stunning as Liverpool offloading a player who they paid a club record fee for. With Fabio Borini joining Luis Suarez at Anfield this summer, it was clear that Carroll's future on Merseyside was bleak.
Hands off: Sam Allardyce insists he will not entertain bids for Mark Noble Despite impressing with England at Euro 2012, he didn't do enough to catch the eye of Rodgers, who is busy attempting to return Liverpool to the Barclays Premier League top four.
Now Carroll finds himself at West Ham as they bid to preserve their top-fight status after promotion through the play-offs in May. He will compete with Carlton Cole, Modibo Maiga and Ricardo Vaz Te for a place up front. The Hammers have agreed to offload Nicky Maynard to Cardiff to make room for Carroll in their squad. Allardyce has already spent a record fee on winger Matt Jarvis, who cost almost £11m from Wolves.
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