Liverpool and West Ham have agreed a deal for striker Andy Carroll to join the Hammers on loan for an initial £2m this season, according to reports on Monday.
The 23 year old England international arrived from Newcastle just 18 months ago, and despite showing encouraging signs toward the end of last season, has struggled since his record £35m move to Merseyside.
Brendan Rodgers’ appointment at Anfield appears to have opened the way for Carroll to leave the club – following those who were responsible for his signing out of the club after Damien Comolli and Kenny Dalglish were sacked earlier this year.
Carroll is close friends with West Ham captain Kevin Nolan and shares the same agent as Nolan and manager Sam Allardyce.
It has been reported previously that Carroll was keen to remain at Liverpool and fight for his place but that LFC are keen to offload his wages and bring in money to allow Rodgers to build his squad.
Newcastle have previously bid significantly less than what West Ham have offered and may now come back in for their former player.
Despite BBC Sport, among others, reporting the agreed fee – Liverpool and West Ham have reportedly denied that a deal has been agreed following this breaking news. In a bizarre day on Monday, several media outlets reported the agreed deal, while several reported that the club’s had denied it – without either club officially commenting.