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Carroll seals West Ham loan move

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has joined West Ham on a season-long loan before the transfer deadline, with the Hammers having the option to complete a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee next summer.

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Carroll, 23, has been linked with a move all summer and a West Ham statement read: "West Ham United are delighted to announce the signing of England striker Andy Carroll on a season-long loan deal."

The move sees him reunited with his former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce and captain Kevin Nolan and the striker is delighted to be getting a chance to play regular football after new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers revealed he wanted to offload him.

"It's great to be here at West Ham and all signed up - I just can't wait to get started now," Carroll said. "I want to be playing games and obviously hoping to score some goals. I know the manager well and some of the lads, so it is nice for me to come to a place where I know people.

"I'm hoping to add a lot of goals and create a few chances. I know Sam from Newcastle and he was a massive reason for me coming. When I worked with him at Newcastle it was great so it was a no-brainer really."

Allardyce was also understandably pleased to welcome Carroll to east London.

He said: "I think for all parties this is a great signing. Andy is an all-round footballer, but because he is 6' 3" and one of his strengths is his aerial power, everybody dismisses the ability he possesses on the floor.

"Hopefully he can score goals for us and we will be in a very good position at the end of the year in the Barclays Premier League."

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