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Allardyce: Carroll will be too expensive
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has conceded that the club may not be able to afford the signing of on-loan Liverpool striker Andy Carroll due to his wage demands.
Despite a number of injury problems, Carroll, 24, has impressed during his stint at Upton Park this season, hitting six goals in 20 appearances.
The England international has made it clear he would be happy to make the move permanent when his deal expires in the summer, while Reds manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed his club are willing to offload the player.
But although Allardyce has previously stated that he is keen to secure Carroll's services on a long-term basis, he feels the Hammers cannot match the wages the former Newcastle man would be earning at Anfield.
The West Ham boss suggested that the Financial Fair Play rules that are set to come into play in the Premier League next season - which will impose short-term limits on wage rises - means a deal between the two parties looks unlikely.
"The hardest thing is the overall package and making sure it is sustainable," he said. "I point to financial restrictions being implemented next season that will blow the whole deal in one go.
"Someone will have a bigger budget than us probably but this is what is going to happen. In one fell swoop the financial restrictions mean we won't be able to sign Andy Carroll from Liverpool because it is too expensive, even if we wanted him, which we do."