Striker rejects Hammers loan
Andy Carroll has turned down the chance to join West Ham from Liverpool despite the two clubs having reached an agreement.
Reports emerged on Monday suggesting that the Reds had accepted an approach by the Hammers to take the England striker on a season-long loan in a deal which would have cost them £2m, with the promise of a further £17m to make the transfer become permanent if he did well. However, Carroll is said to be against the idea of a move to Upton Park as he only wants to join a club that is competing in European competition, which the Premier League new boys are unable to offer at this time. The 23-year-old is thought to be holding out for a return to his former club Newcastle if he must leave Anfield, although the Magpies have already seen one bid for his services rejected by the Reds. Hammers boss Sam Allardyce had been hoping Carroll's friendship with his captain Kevin Nolan could tip the balance in the Irons' favour, but even the fact that the three of them share the same agent in Mark Curtis, has ultimately made no different to the forward's mindset.