West Ham will soon begin talks with Liverpool over finding a permanent solution for striker Andy Carroll, who has spent the season on-loan at Upton Park.
Carroll was sent to the Hammers when new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers came in and, after some initial injury problems, he has enjoyed a successful second half to the campaign in East London.
West Ham chairman David Sullivan said in the club’s official match day programme, and quoted on talkSPORT, “We would love to keep him beyond this season and we will soon be sitting down with Andy and Liverpool to make some progress on that front.
“My choice [for player of the year] would be Andy Carroll, who has battled back from injury twice to put in a series of tireless shifts for the team.
“His game is about so much more than just scoring goals and he is so often the focal point of everything good we do going forward.”
Carroll scored 7 goals in his 24 appearances for Sam Allardyce’s side this season, linking up with their captain Kevin Nolan, who knows from their days at Newcastle Utd together.
Previous to his loan spell at West Ham, Carroll scored 11 goals in 58 appearances for Liverpool since signing from his boyhood North East club in January 2011.
Liverpool are looking to recoup as much of the £35million outlay spent on Carroll two years ago, but a return to Anfield has not been ruled out either.
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