West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has claimed that his club will not be able to sign Andy Carroll from Liverpool under the proposed Premier League financial fair play rules, the BBC
The Premier League has ratified proposals to come in next season that mean each team will not be allowed to make a total loss of more than £105m over the next three seasons, and also that wage bills will have to fall, with points deductions possible for any team that breaches the new regulations.
Allardyce said that if Carroll wanted to swap Anfield for Upton Park on a permanent basis from next summer, the buying club will not be able to afford his signature as it would mean falling foul of the new rules.
The BBC speculates that Liverpool would want around £17m in transfer fees for the England international, about half what they paid Newcastle for the player in January 2011.
“Financially you are restricted to be able to do it,” Allardyce said. “So in one fell swoop the financial restrictions mean Andy Carroll can’t sign for us from Liverpool because it’s too expensive, even if he wanted to.
“I might not be able to afford Andy Carroll, full stop, even if I wanted him, even if the chairmen wanted him, even if we all wanted him – which we do – it will not be allowed to happen.”
The former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn manager conceded however that the financial fair play regulations would take time to be fully understood, and suggested that the way they are written now is not how they will always be.
“I suppose across the board when you first introduce something new the fair/unfair scenario has to get sorted out somewhere along the line to find out how you have to tweak it to make it better,” Allardyce added.
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