Wednesday 19 June 2013

Carroll seals permanent West Ham move

Striker signs a six-year deal with the Hammers after moving for a club-record fee

  • Andy Carroll models the new Hammers shirt. Picture courtesy West Ham United

  • Carroll had an impressive spell on loan at West Ham last season

West Ham United have completed the signing of striker Andy Carroll from Liverpool for an undisclosed club-record fee.

The 24-year-old has signed a six-year contract, with the club having the option of a further two years, and will wear the No9 shirt next season.

Carroll impressed while on loan at West Ham last season, playing a key role in helping the club finish 10th in the Barclays Premier League table.

"It's fantastic for me to be here. I really enjoyed last season, and that shows in me coming back and making it permanent," Carroll told the club's website.

"The fans, the lads and the club itself has been great to me"
Andy Carroll

"The fans, the lads and the club itself has been great to me, and what I wanted to do was come back here and play football.

"Since the end of the season I've had a lot of time to think, I've missed it and that's why I'm back. Getting promoted the season before last, then finishing where we did - we did great, and it can only get better for us.

"The way the club's being run, obviously getting the new stadium and everything like that, it's only going up."

Carroll began his career at Newcastle United, where he scored 14 goals in 41 Premier League matches, before he joined Liverpool in January 2011.

The England international joined West Ham on a season long-loan last summer and scored seven goals in 24 League appearances, including a memorable brace in the 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion.

Carroll is manager Sam Allardyce's third signing of the summer, following the captures of Razvan Rat and Adrian.

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Key Points

  • Andy Carroll signs for West Ham United on a six-year deal
  • Striker was on loan with London club last season
  • Carroll moves for an undisclosed, club-record fee