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Allardyce targets permanent Carroll transfer

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has not given up hope on turning striker Andy Carroll's loan from Liverpool into a permanent move this summer.

Carroll appears surplus to requirements at Anfield - despite costing the Reds £35 million in January 2011 - after struggling both in terms of fitness and form in front of goal.

While the England centre-forward has suffered similar problems since moving to Upton Park last August, his recent consistent run of games has brought a return of four goals in his last six appearances.

Allardyce said he will wait until the Hammers have secured their Premier League status this term before all parties sit down and discuss the possibility of signing the 24-year-old permanently.

"I think there'd be a lot to be discussed between ourselves, Liverpool and Andy before that could be the case, but once we're secure then we'll move on with that business as quick as we possibly can," Allardyce said.

"I wouldn't have spent as much time as I did trying to get him here if I didn't want him here on a permanent basis. We would have hoped he'd score a few more goals, but the circumstances around why he hasn't are ones we can put right. In other words, keeping him match-fit would mean more goals."

Caroll will not be available this weekend when West Ham face his parent club on Merseyside, and Allardyce admits he will be missed as they look to secure back-to-back wins in the league for the first time this season.

"Andy looks to be in full flow and good goalscoring touch, which is what we've been waiting for a long time," he said. "It's frustrating to be without Andy for Sunday and it is for him as well but that's the way the fixtures have fallen."

Despite West Ham not having won at Anfield for nigh on 50 years, Allardyce is still optimistic that his team have a chance of grabbing a win that would go a long way to them steering clear of the relegation battle.

"On any given day on your best form you can win anywhere," he said. "For most of those 50 years Liverpool have been so much better than everyone else that you wouldn't expect to win there, but we're capable of winning there and if we're on top form and take our chances we can."

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