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Reds step closer to offloading Carroll


Andy Carroll.  Photo: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Andy Carroll. Photo: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Andy Carroll. Photo: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

LIVERPOOL have moved a step closer to offloading Andy Carroll with the striker set for a medical at West Ham.

The England international has been on holiday, but is expected to have his physical assessment with the Hammers today.

Carroll missed England's end-of-season friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil with a heel problem.

It remains to be seen whether that has much effect on his medical, but with a £15million-plus deal agreed weeks ago, Liverpool will be keen for the move to go through as soon as possible, so they can continue with manager Brendan Rodgers' squad strengthening.

Having already secured a free transfer for Manchester City defender Kolo Toure and agreed a £7.7million deal for Celta Vigo's Iago Aspas, the club have a number of targets they wish to tie down.

Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori and Sevilla midfielder Luis Alberto, both 20, are likely to be the first to be completed.

But negotiations are also continuing over a deal for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet with the future of Jose Reina yet to be decided. Shakhtar Donetsk's £20million-rated forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who scored a Ukrainian Premier League record 25 goals last season, increasingly looks like being the club's preferred attacking option with Luis Suarez so publicly courting Real Madrid.

At the back, the situation is less clear, as Schalke are seemingly not prepared to sell the Reds' primary centre-back target Kyriakos Papadopoulos for the Merseysiders' valuation of about £12million, despite the player having been sidelined by a knee injury since November.