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 By Mike Whalley

Gold claims Carroll deal is close

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll’s protracted transfer to West Ham has moved a step closer, according to David Gold.

Andy Carroll joined Liverpool in January 2012 for £35 million
Andy Carroll moved to Liverpool from Newcastle in January 2011

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Hammers chairman Gold has indicated that the club have made progress in their bid to agree personal terms with the England forward.

It was claimed on May 21 that Liverpool had agreed to sell the striker to West Ham for £15 million, but the deal needed Carroll to accept the move - which still hasn’t happened.

But responding to a fan question on Twitter on Tuesday night, Gold stated: 

 

The tweet has since been deleted.

Reports last week suggested that the striker had demanded a salary of £100,000 a week to move to Upton Park, something that West Ham have been reluctant to sanction.

The 24-year-old’s Liverpool salary is around £80,000 a week, and was paid by the Hammers while he was on loan with them last season. Carroll, who is currently recovering from an ankle injury, scored seven times in 23 appearances during his loan stint at Upton Park.

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