Andy Carroll has completed a permanent move to West Ham, Liverpool confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.
The England striker is thought to have moved on a deal worth £15.5million rising to £17.5million upon achievements at Upton Park.
Liverpool have taken a hit of around £20million on the £35million outlay they gave Newcastle for Carroll’s services in January 2011.
Carroll spent the 2012/13 campaign on-loan at West Ham, scoring seven goals in 24 appearances.
A simple statement from Liverpool FC this afternoon reads:
Liverpool Football Club have confirmed that Andy Carroll has completed a permanent transfer to West Ham United.
Everybody at Liverpool FC would like to wish Andy all the best for the future.
On signing the deal with West Ham, where Carroll will wear the number 9 shirt, he told WHUFC.com, “It’s fantastic for me to be here. I really enjoyed last season, and that shows in me coming back and making it permanent.
“The fans, the lads and the Club itself has been great to me, and what I wanted to do was come back here and play football.
“Since the end of the season I’ve had a lot of time to think, I’ve missed it and that’s why I’m back. Getting promoted the season before last, then finishing where we did – we did great, and it can only get better for us.
“The way the Club’s being run, obviously getting the new stadium and everything like that, it’s only going up.”
Carroll struggled with injury problems at the start of his career at Liverpool, but also found it hard work to keep hold of a first team place under Kenny Dalglish.
When Brendan Rodgers replaced Dalglish in the Anfield hot seat, Carroll was soon shipped off to East London for the season.
Carroll made 58 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 11 goals including a winner against Everton at Wembley in the FA Cup Semi-Final in 2012.
Liverpool be glad of the money for Carroll, with up to five signings possible this week. Read our latest Liverpool transfer news round-up here.
Good luck, Andy. YNWA.
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