A decision on the future of Liverpool striker Andy Carroll is due this week, according to West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.
The Reds and Hammers agreed a fee of around £15.5million over the permanent transfer of the England international striker several weeks ago, following his successful season-long loan spell at Upton Park.
Allardyce is keen to get the signing complete, but West Ham are being kept waiting by Carroll and his representatives, with the former Newcastle forward returning from holiday this week.
“We are both out of the country but most of the negotiations are done and the financial agreement between us and Liverpool is in place,” Allardyce told the Sunday People.
“It’s about communicating with Andy and his agent between London, here in Spain, where I am, and Florida, where Andy is.
“I’ve no real need to speak to him over his decision. I’ve spoken to him enough times so he knows what I think and it’s up to him.
“He’s back in the next few days so we should have a definitive answer by the end of next week.”
Liverpool will be looking to get the transfer sewn up as soon as possible to finance future signings this summer.
Having already agreed deals to add Manchester City defender Kolo Toure and Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas to his squad, Brendan Rodgers has now got his eye set on signing Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Carroll made 58 appearances for Liverpool following his £35million move from St James’ Park in January 2011, scoring 11 times.
During the 2012/13 season, he scored 7 goals in 22 appearances for the Hammers, becoming a crowd favourite as Allardyce’s men rose to finish 10th in the Premier League.
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