Liverpool did not accept a £17million bid from West Ham for striker Andy Carroll, contrary to media reports, it was confirmed today.
Carroll was thought to be only open to leaving Anfield if it meant a return to his boyhood club, Newcastle Utd.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce admitted the club have given up their pursuit of the 23-year-old.
“We never agreed with Liverpool any deal to be able to speak to Andy Carroll to see if he would join us,” Allardyce said.
“Whatever deal we put forward to Liverpool was not agreed to by Liverpool.
“He would have been a massive signing for us and, like everything else, when you see an opportunity you try to go for it.
“Then you get onto negotiations and once that is exhausted you move on, which was a lot sooner than people actually talked about in the media.
“The negotiations were over in a couple of weeks or so regarding whether Andy was or wasn’t going to come to West Ham.”
The Mirror reported today that Liverpool will accept a bid of £17million from Newcastle if it is made before the end of the transfer window, on August 31st.