West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has said that the club may not be able to afford to sign on-loan striker Andy Carroll on a permanent basis, reports Sky
The former Newcastle striker has impressed during his time at Upton Park, scoring six goals in 20 games for the Hammers.
Carroll joined Liverpool for around £35m in the 2011 winter transfer window and was awarded a huge contract at Liverpool, and Allardyce believes that the club would be unlikely to be able to match the deal.
With new financial restrictions due to be enforced in the Premier League next season which will pose restrictions on wage rises and encourage clubs to work towards becoming self-sustainable and at least able to break even, a deal looks to be near impossible for the club to complete.
Allardyce said: “The hardest thing is the overall package and making sure it is sustainable. I point to financial restrictions being implemented next season that will blow the whole deal in one go.
“Someone will have a bigger budget than us probably but this is what is going to happen. In one fell swoop the financial restrictions mean we won’t be able to sign Andy Carroll from Liverpool because it is too expensive, even if we wanted him, which we do.”
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