West Ham to make cut-price offer to Liverpool for Carroll

West Ham will try to tempt Liverpool into selling on-loan striker Andy Carroll for much less than their original £17m asking price, with the Daily Mail reporting the Hammers as offering £10m for the England international.

Sam Allardyce originally agreed to the £17m fee, the newspaper adds, but Carroll’s injuries and lack of goals – five in 17 appearances – has led the manager to seek a deal at a lower price. Liverpool are considered unlikely to agree, however, and would prefer to use Carroll in a swap deal with Newcastle for Hatem Ben Arfa, but Newcastle don’t agree with Liverpool’s valuation of their former player either.

West Ham are said to be in the market for a centre-forward, however, with a move for Vitesse Arnhem’s Wilfried Bony in the offing, while Southampton’s Rickie Lambert is another option.

However, as the Carroll deal indicates, the London club are unwilling to break the bank, with the Mail claiming the West Ham board are keen to reign in the club’s spending ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium – but also want to give Allardyce a competitive transfer kitty to keep him at the club.

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