Hammers agree Andy Carroll loan deal
West Ham have agreed to pay Liverpool a £2m loan fee for Andy Carroll with the option of a £17m permanent deal should they avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Liverpool are understood to have accepted the offer, although it remains to be seen whether Carroll agrees to the move, as he has privately expressed his desire to return to Newcastle.
The Magpies are believed to be weighing up whether to match West Ham's bid, although senior sources have insisted they would not get involved in a bidding war for their former No 9.
Although Newcastle would love to bring him back to Tyneside, where he would form a potentially potent strike force alongside Senegal pair Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse, they have always believed that Carroll will dictate if and when he quits Liverpool and are likely to decide to wait for the player to make the next move.
As things stand, although Newcastle have also made a bid to take the striker on loan for a season with a permanent switch at the end of it, they have only offered to pay £13m at the end of it and have not agreed to pay a loan fee.
Carroll is thought to only want to move to a club who can offer him European football next season and has set his heart on going home to the North East 18 months after signing for Liverpool for a British record £35m.