Carroll ruled out for four months as West Ham and Liverpool agree fee

Andy Carroll’s proposed permanent move from Liverpool to West Ham has been thrown into doubt after the striker was forced to pull out of the England squad with a heel injury that could keep him out of action for four months, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The two clubs had only just agreed a fee for the former Newcastle centre-forward, said to be in the region of £15m, after Carroll spent the season on loan at Upton Park when he was deemed surplus to requirements by new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. Carroll only moved to Anfield from Newcastle for £35m in January 2011, signed by Rodgers’ predecessor Kenny Dalglish.

West Ham are said to be thinking over their next move as, in the worst case scenario, Carroll could miss the first month of next season as well as the entirety of the summer pre-season programme. In the short-term, he has been forced out of England’s friendlies with Brazil and the Republic of Ireland by the injury, believed to have been suffered in West Ham’s final game of the season against Reading.

Carroll has suffered with injuries before in his short time at the Hammers but speaking before the latest setback was confirmed, West Ham co-owner David Sullivan said he was hopeful Carroll would recognise the Boleyn Ground was the best place for him.

When I spoke to him he said he very much enjoyed his time at West Ham and that he very much enjoyed his time in London,” Sullivan said.

He won’t play again at Liverpool and in World Cup year you’d hope he wants to play somewhere that he already knows he feels comfortable in a system proven to get the best out of him. But only he knows the answer.

Sullivan also revealed that West Ham wanted to take Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea, with the Belgian, who spent the season at West Bromwich Albion, expected to be allowed to leave on another short-term basis when Jose Mourinho reshapes his Blues squad.

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