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Carroll passes West Ham medical

Andy Carroll has passed his medical ahead of his move from Liverpool to West Ham in a deal that could be worth as much as £17.5 million, the Hammers have confirmed.

Andy Carroll is deemed surplus to requirements at Liverpool
Andy Carroll is deemed surplus to requirements at Liverpool

Hammers chairman David Gold confirmed via his Twitter account that Carroll completed an examination with the Upton Park club on Wednesday, and the 24-year-old will sign a long-term contract with Sam Allardyce’s side after passing the examination.

The deal is believed to be worth an initial £15.5 million to Liverpool, with the remaining £2 million coming from add-ons that will be activated so long as Carroll reaches specified targets during his stay in East London.

Liverpool are preparing to accept a huge loss on the transfer as they signed the striker from Newcastle in a club record £35 million deal in January 2011. Carroll, however, scored just six Premier League goals from 44 games for the Anfield club.

The England international hit only seven goals in 24 league appearances during a season-long loan at West Ham last term, but Hammers manager Allardyce made it known that Carroll was his prime transfer target this summer.

A source close to Liverpool told ESPN that the sale of Carroll has raised the prospects of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan making a move to Anfield, with reports in the Ukraine media suggesting that the Armenia international is negotiating his release from the club.

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is eager to get his summer transfer business done early this year as the club look to learn from their mistakes made in last summer’s transfer window. They failed to sign a forward in the final days of August and were forced to battle through the first half of the season with Luis Suarez as their only real striking option.


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