Sam Allardyce has said he is optimistic that he can bring Liverpool striker Andy Carroll to West Ham on a permanent basis in the summer.
The Hammers manager saw Carroll, 24 - bought by Liverpool from Newcastle for £35 million - produce a dominant display and score twice in his team’s win over West Bromwich Albion last weekend.
The England international has now grabbed four goals in six games, and Allardyce said talks over a potential permanent move could begin once the East London club had secured top flight status - and Liverpool have decided whether Carroll has an Anfield future.
"I think there'd be a lot to be discussed between ourselves, Liverpool and Andy before that [a permanent move] could be the case, but once we're secure then we'll move on with that business as quick as we possibly can," he said.
"I wouldn't have spent as much time as I did trying to get him here if I didn't want him here on a permanent basis.”
He said he had hoped Carroll would have scored more West Ham goals than he has, but explained: “The circumstances around why he hasn't are ones we can put right. In other words, keeping him match fit would mean more goals."
West Ham travel to Liverpool this weekend, and Carroll will be unable to play at Anfield under the terms of the loan agreement with the Hammers.
"Andy looks to be in full flow and good goalscoring touch," Allardyce said. "It's frustrating to be without Andy for Sunday, and it is for him as well."
The manager said he believed West Ham, four points clear of the relegation zone, could win on Merseyside.
"On any given day, on your best form, you can win anywhere," he insisted. "We're capable of winning there and, if we're on top form and take our chances, we can."