West Ham have made a £17-million bid for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, the club’s highest transfer bid so far, according to ESPN. Carroll, 23, is thought to be surplus to requirements at the Anfield club despite the £35 million spent on him in January 2011. A bid of around £20 million is believed to be enough to seal a permanent deal and West Ham are keen to add him to their ranks. However, rumours are that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers would be happy to send him out on loan this season if there is a clause included to sign him afterwards. West Ham’s bid of £17 million is significantly more than the £7.5 million they paid Liverpool for Craig Bellamy in 2007.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2012.