Last Updated: Sat, 02 Feb 2013 14:21
West Ham claim that a deal has already been agreed with Liverpool to sign Andy Carroll permanently at the end of the season.
The England international has been on loan at Upton Park since last summer, but his time with the Hammers has been hampered by injury problems and he has started just nine Premier League games to date.
Brendan Rodgers has indicated that Carroll does not fit into his first-team plans and, following the Reds' recent capture of Daniel Sturridge, he seems likely to leave Anfield in the summer.
Hammers co-owner David Sullivan has suggested that the two clubs have an agreement in place for a permanent switch, but the £35million man has yet to agree personal terms.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Sullivan said: "West Ham have an agreement with Liverpool to sign him at the end of the season, but we have no agreement with the player.
"It was his desire to come to West Ham to prove himself to Liverpool and that hasn't changed. He has had injuries since he came but is back to fitness now and we have 15 games left. We need some goals and some points so let's see."
The striker has so far only managed one goal for West Ham but he looks set, barring injury, for an extended run in the side in the rest of the season as Sam Allardyce tries to secure the club's top-flight status.
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