Liverpool striker Carroll is West Ham’s top priority, says Allardyce

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has re-iterated his desire to sign Liverpool striker Andy Carroll on a permanent basis, insisting that the England international is his first-choice transfer target this summer, Sky Sports has reported.

Carroll spent last season on loan at Upton Park and although he struggled at times with injuries, impressed Allardyce enough that the former Newcastle United boss wants to make Carroll’s stay at the club permanent.

And Allardyce is keen to wrap up Carroll’s move from Merseyside as soon as possible, pointing to the need to arrange a summer programme for each player in his squad – the longer Carroll’s future is up in the air, the harder it will be to get him fit for the start of the season, Allardyce suggested.

Our first priority is signing Andy Carroll, if we can,” Allardyce said. “We have nearly finished our planning for pre-season and the players have all had their training programmes given to them so when they come back on 1st July they are ready to go.

Then it’s about the recruitment of the other players who we want as quickly as possible. That will be the most difficult part of the summer.

Carroll moved to Liverpool from Newcastle in January 2011, bought by former Reds boss Kenny Dalglish. He has scored 11 goals in 58 appearances for the Anfield club, and netted seven in 24 for the Hammers last season.

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