West Ham transfer focus – Carroll ends Anfield nightmare with Hammers switch

The deal has been completed. Andy Carroll’s transfer has been signed, sealed and delivered. The 24-year-old has become West Ham’s most expensive player in the club’s history, shattering the previous mark that was made last season when Wolves received £10.75m for winger Matt Jarvis.

Hammers fans will be delighted to have the big England striker back. It is a good move for all parties.

The fans quickly took a shine to Carroll. The club’s official website reveals Carroll in the new home kit, with Adidas beginning a partnership with the east Londoners. The supporters will be delighted to see Carroll in the claret and blue colours, rather than the black and white of Newcastle or the red of Liverpool.

Red never quite suited Carroll at Anfield. The reason why it didn’t work out at Liverpool was that he was never the main man. That is impossible to achieve with Steven Gerrard and, currently at least, Luis Suarez around. Carroll and Suarez never got the opportunity consistently to build an understanding, as the former was largely used as a substitute.

That was different at Newcastle, when he was the individual the Geordie mass and his fellow teammates looked to. It will be the same at West Ham, and while injury means he probably won’t figure much until mid-September at the earliest, the move will excite the followers at the Boleyn Ground.

For West Ham, to get such a big marquee signing shows the progress the club is making. They have been very careful in what they spend, but when money is splashed out, it often works out. Harry Redknapp saved the club from relegation in 1997 with the double capture of Paul Kitson and John Hartson, and his decision to end Paolo di Canio’s exile at Sheffield Wednesday was a masterstroke. Since then, many bosses have come and gone, but often made strong signings. Even Avram Grant managed to persuade Demba Ba to come and make his mark in English football.

The price for Carroll does seem a bit over the top, but Eurosport reveals Liverpool were never going to sell for lower than £15m. The Reds have cut their losses and the £20m deficit will hurt their books, but they’ve got a decent sum back for a player who simply didn’t live up to standards. West Ham will believe they have the man who can unlock defences.

For Carroll, the move is the best thing that could happen to him. Going back to Newcastle probably would have been a mistake, and it was clear he had more chances of cleaning boots than playing for Brendan Rodgers on Merseyside.

When fit, he will always be in the team, and a World Cup year is on the horizon. Carroll will probably be fighting Daniel Sturridge for the fourth England striking berth should the Three Lions get to Brazil. He has a great opportunity to become a regular fixture in the squad.

And with the confirmation of young Stockport player Danny Whitehead having signed too, things are looking promising ahead of the new campaign.

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