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Friday 31 August 2012

Carroll joins West Ham on season-long loan

England striker moves to east London club with option to sign permanently at season's end

Carroll joined Liverpool in January 2011

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has joined West Ham United on a season-long loan.

The deal for the England international, who was signed by Liverpool in January 2011 from Newcastle United, was completed on Thursday evening after he was left out of Liverpool's UEFA Europa League tie against Heart of Midlothian. West Ham have the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old was delighted with the move and the opportunity to work again with Sam Allardyce, the West Ham manager, whom he knew at St James' Park.

"I want to be playing games and obviously hoping to score goals"
Andy Carroll

"It's great to be here at West Ham and all signed up - I just can't wait to get started now," said Carroll. "I want to be playing games and obviously hoping to score some goals. I know the manager well and some of the lads, so it is nice for me to come to a place where I know people.

"I'm hoping to add a lot of goals and create a few chances. I know Sam from Newcastle and he was a massive reason for me coming. When I worked with him at Newcastle it was great so it was a no-brainer really."

Allardyce said: "For all parties this is a great signing. Andy is an all-round footballer, but because he is 6ft 3in and one of his strengths is his aerial power, everybody dismisses the ability he possesses on the floor.

"Hopefully he can score goals for us and we will be in a very good position at the end of the year in the Barclays Premier League."

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Key Points

  • England striker joins Werst Ham from Liverpool on loan for the season
  • East London side have option to sign 23-year-old permanently in June
  • Carroll is registered in time to be part of squad for Saturday's match at home to Fulham