Liverpool to bid for Arsenal’s Walcott if Carroll joins West Ham

Liverpool will make a late move for Arsenal winger Theo Walcott if Andy Carroll can be sold to West Ham before the close of the transfer window, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is an admirer of Walcott but would only be able to afford the England winger if his international teammate Carroll moves to Upton Park. The newspaper adds that the Hammers remain the only bidders for Carroll – Newcastle United, Carroll’s former club, have not made a renewed offer and there has been no contact over the striker for a month between the clubs.

West Ham’s offer for Carroll is a package that amounts to a £20m transfer fee, where Carroll would move to the London side on loan for a year and, if West Ham avoid relegation, make the switch permanent in 12 months’ time. The fee to sign Carroll in a year would be £17m, slightly under half what Liverpool paid Newcastle in January 2011.

Walcott’s future at Arsenal had been in question after talks over a new contract broke down, with Walcott’s current deal due to expire next summer. But Arsenal are now willing to keep Walcott at the club even if fresh terms are not agreed before the close of the transfer window.

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