West Ham signed striker Andy Carroll from Liverpool on a season-long loan with an option to make the move permanent at the end of the Premier League soccer campaign.
Carroll’s place at Liverpool had been in question after Brendan Rodgers was named manager in the offseason. The England international had been linked with a return to Newcastle, which sold the 23-year-old to the Reds in January 2011 for 35 million pounds ($55 million).
“For all the parties this is a great signing,” Hammers manager Sam Allardyce said on the team’s website. “Hopefully he can score goals for us and we will be in a very good position at the end of the year.”
Carroll was never able to establish himself at Liverpool, scoring 11 goals in 56 games. He had 31 goals in 80 appearances from 2006-11 for Newcastle, where he played under Allardyce.
“He was a massive reason for me coming,” Carroll said of his new coach. “When I worked with him at Newcastle it was great so it was a no-brainer really.”
Carroll has scored two goals in eight appearances for his country. He was named today to the squad for England’s first two qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup next month, against Moldova and Ukraine.
West Ham has a win and a loss in its first two games since returning to the Premier League from the second-tier Championship. The Hammers host Fulham in two days.