Last Updated: Sun, 19 May 2013 20:33
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has reiterated his desire to turn Andy Carroll's stay into a permanent arrangement over the summer.
Allardyce claims retaining the on-loan forward is his "main priority" after bringing the curtain down on the season with a 4-2 victory over relegated Reading on Sunday afternoon.
Carroll didn't get his name on the scoresheet as the Hammers secured a top ten finish but he did have a big hand in the home side's impressive win which saw his captain Kevin Nolan bag a hat-trick.
Allardyce has been delighted with the 24-year-old's all-round contribution at Upton Park and believes he can only get better if he can steer clear of injury.
The Hammers manager will leave no stone unturned to to sign the 6ft 3in frontman, who this week earned a recall to the England squad for the upcoming friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil, after watching him netted seven goals during his season-long stay.
However, he will face competition for his signature from Newcastle and Monaco, while Liverpool's £17m valuation could still be an issue.
Allardyce said: "It is our target to make it a permanent situation. Hopefully we can get somewhere in the near future to do that.
"It's our main priority. There are negotiations between the club and Liverpool.
"We have to pursue it to the very end one way or another and we will find out as quick as we can if it is a yes or a no.
"If we can start with Andy Carroll that would be a great achievement for us as he can only get better and better.
"Then we build around that in terms of how we want to improve next year, with better quality.
"Andy is a player that is wanting to enjoy his football. He lives for his football and wants to play every game. He wants to use his strengths and score as many as he can - but he also works very hard for the team."
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