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West Ham have Carroll deal in place

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Andy Carroll simply has to agree terms with West Ham © PA Photos
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West Ham have already agreed a deal with Liverpool to sign on-loan striker Andy Carroll next summer, according to Hammers co-owner David Sullivan.

The £35 million signing from Newcastle made the move from Liverpool to Upton Park on a season-long loan but his time at the Hammers has been hampered by injury and he has only managed nine Premier League starts so far this season.

Thought to be keen to move from Anfield, as he does not fit into Brendan Rodgers' tactical plans, Carroll has yet to agree terms with West Ham but the details have already been ironed out with Liverpool.

"West Ham have an agreement with Liverpool to sign him at the end of the season, but we have no agreement with the player," Sullivan told the Daily Mail.

The powerful striker has only managed one goal in his 11 Premier League appearances so far and Sullivan will be looking for Carroll to prove himself in the second half of the season.

Sullivan added: "It was his desire to come to West Ham to prove himself to Liverpool and that hasn't changed. He has had injuries since he came but is back to fitness now and we have 15 games left. We need some goals and some points so let's see."

West Ham were frustrated in the transfer window with deals for Stephen Warnock, Reto Ziegler and Paul Robinson coming to nothing and Sullivan admits there were other deals his club were trying to thrash out, saying: "For all the deals you have read about, there were 30 others we were trying."

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