Liverpool take huge loss as Carroll closes in on West Ham move

Liverpool are facing a £20m loss on Andy Carroll as the England striker moves closer to leaving Anfield for a permanent move to West Ham for a fee the Daily Mail puts at £15.5m.

The Reds paid Newcastle £35m for Carroll in January 2011 but Brendan Rodgers is willing to let the centre-forward move on for less than half that amount and will put the money received from the Hammers towards the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Carroll agreed a six-year contract with West Ham a month ago but is only now completing the move, having started the required medical on Tuesday, with the process to be completed on Wednesday. Carroll is currently recovering from a foot problem suffered at the end of the season and was dogged by minor injuries in his year on loan at Upton Park, being restricted to 24 appearances, from which he bagged seven goals.

West Ham are committing a potential £40m to the Carroll deal, when wages are taken into account, the newspaper adds, while manager Sam Allardyce is still hopeful of signing a second striker to play alongside Carroll. The likes of Romelu Lukaku, Demba Ba, Wilfried Zaha and Matej Vydra are said to be in Allardyce’s thoughts.

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