English Premier League club Liverpool look to have finally agreed to a deal that will see club misfit and outcast Andy Carroll finalize an official move to West Ham United during the coming summer transfer window according to Feb. 2, 2013, reports from Sky Sports.
The player moved to Liverpool in the January 2011 transfer window for a club record fee of £35 million, but never made his mark on the side despite working hard to try and impress multiple managers during his career in Red.
Reports from Sky Sports claim that the club have agreed to sell Carroll to West Ham United at the end of the player's current season long loan spell to the Hammers, but there are yet to be personal terms between Carroll and the club to be finalized, and there is still no official sum of the deal to have been announced.
The player could yet return to Anfield because of no concrete paperwork being laid down but Hammers co-owner David Sullivan confirmed reports about a deal being in place as quoted by Sky Sports saying:
I am often asked about Andy Carroll's deal. It is a season-long loan. Liverpool had an option to take him back in January, but he has been injured.
West Ham have an agreement with Liverpool to sign him at the end of the season, but we have no agreement with the player.
With that club agreement made official, it makes the remaining portion of the season crucial for Carroll if he wants to make a return to Liverpool. The Reds clearly aren't convinced he will play any part in their long-term plans.
The 24-year-old England international has had flashes of brilliance for the Anfield club, but he will have to do much more to see that new manager Brendan Rodgers believes he has a future in Red over one in claret and sky blue in London.
Liverpool having bought Chelsea youngster Daniel Sturridge in January goes a long way towards saying that Carroll is not on the cards for the Reds future. However, things can always change before the end of a campaign.
Carroll has obvious talent, and like many "big men," players from the past he is truly taking time to grow into his frame and his playing style as all the tools are there from his height and power in the air to a cannon of a left foot when he gets a hold of a ball, but he still is putting the pieces together to be a truly great player.
Until he can stay healthy and tick all the right boxes for the type of player he has the tools to be, he will never get the full respect that he can truly earn over time if he performs when called upon.
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