Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects Andy Carroll’s future to be resolved quickly as the striker mulls over a permanent move to West Ham.
The Hammers had a £15 million offer accepted on Tuesday for the 24-year-old, who has just completed a season-long loan at Upton Park. But the transfer depends on Carroll accepting the move.
The England international was initially reluctant to move to London on loan last August, and it is understood that he has similar doubts about a permanent switch.
That is despite the fact the striker, who scored seven times in 23 appearances during his loan spell, stated on Twitter this week that he had “enjoyed every minute of being at West Ham”.
Rodgers has made clear that Carroll’s first-team opportunities will be restricted at Anfield, and is ready to sell him to raise funds to bolster his squad in the summer transfer market.
It is believed that the forward would be happier with a return to his home-city club Newcastle, who he left to join Liverpool for £35 million in January 2011. However, Newcastle cannot afford to buy him, and the likelihood of an exchange deal involving French midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa has faded.
Rodgers has spoken to Carroll about his future, telling the Guardian: “It was just a general conversation in terms of the experience of getting out and playing. He enjoyed that apart from the injury.
“At the start of the season the whole thing was about going and getting games because he wasn’t going to be a starter here. We will talk again with him and the club to see how it all evolves. It's one of those situations where it will probably be resolved a lot quicker than that for both parties.”
Carroll hit form towards the end of his loan spell, scoring six goals in his final 13 West Ham appearances, having missed a chunk of the season through injury.
He was ruled out for a month with a hamstring problem shortly after joining West Ham, then suffered a nine-week lay-off after twisting his knee in November.
That late run of goals helped to earn him a recall to the England squad for friendlies against Ireland on May 29 and Brazil on June 2 – but he had to pull out because of a heel injury that is likely to sideline him for around six weeks.
On the subject of Carroll’s future, Rodgers added: “It’s a difficult one. I spoke to him and we had a good chat. The boy is a talent. It’s just something we need to assess between now and the end of window.
“The objective at the beginning of the season was for him to go out and play. He’s gone away to think of what we spoke about and we will talk again through the weeks.”