West Ham United hopeful of keeping Carroll for remainder of the season


West Ham United hope to keep hold of Andy Carroll.

The England international had fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers, who loaned him out to the Hammers prior to deadline day. However, this left the Reds short of attacking options after failing to land US star Clint Dempsey, who left Fulham for Tottenham Hotspur in a £6million transfer.

This has led to speculation that the Anfield giants will look to take Carroll back to Merseyside when the window reopens in January. But posting on his official Twitter account, United co-chairman David Gold said: "The exact terms of Carroll's year-long loan deal are subject to a confidentiality agreement but we are hopeful he will be with us the whole season."

Carroll enjoyed an impressive debut for his temporary club on Saturday, when he played a leading role in their 3-0 win over Fulham at Upton Park. It wasn’t all good news for him, though, as he suffered a hamstring injury which has ruled him out of England’s forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are scouring the free transfer market in a desperate attempt to boost their attacking options. One player who is no longer an option is their former player Michael Owen, who on Tuesday clinched a Bosman switch to Stoke City.

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