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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed the club want to sign Andy Carroll on a permanent deal.

Last Updated: 20/05/13 at 20:27 Post Comment   

Andy Carroll: Has scored seven goals for West Ham this season

Andy Carroll: Has scored seven goals for West Ham this season

Carroll joined the Hammers on a season-long loan from Liverpool last August after struggling to establish himself at Anfield following his club-record £35million switch from Newcastle.

The 24-year-old has endured an injury-disrupted spell at Upton Park but has hit form over the last few months and was rewarded with a recall to the England squad.

Allardyce has seen enough to want Carroll back at West Ham next season, believing the powerful hitman can develop into a "very good player" at the club.

He said: "He has shown everybody what he can do and he has massive potential to grow into a very good player if he ends up back here with us.

"He's so willing to learn and become better that I think we could do well for each other, but there is a way to go before that might get sorted.

"It's about negotiation and both parties have to be happy that the negotiation cannot go any farther and it's a 'yes' or 'no'. We hope it's a 'yes' and we hope it is as quickly as possible."

He added: "I think that my reflection of Andy is exactly what I said from the start - as soon as we get him match-fit, the sooner you will see the goals.

"That match-fitness never came until his run after his second injury and I'm still wondering what he might have done this year had we got him off that one minute before he did his hamstring in his first game (against Fulham)."

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