Andy Carroll is now a full-time Hammer man
West Ham have broken their bank in making the permanent signing of striker Andy Carroll.
June 19th, 2013
After a full season on loan from Anfield which saw him score seven goals in 24 games, the 24-year old has switched full-time to the Hammers after a fee of £15 million was agreed with Liverpool – leaving them only about £20 million down on the original purchase.
The now-£50 million man has signed on for six years, with an option for a further two. Although his debut season at the Boleyn Ground was interrupted by injury, it has not stopped him becoming a firm favourite with the fans, who this week have flooded his Twitter account with requests to complete the transfer on a permanent basis.
West Ham United has smashed their previous record spend, which was £10.75m on Wolves’ Matt Jarvis who himself notched up 2 goals in 31 games during West Ham’s march to a tenth-place finish.
West Ham will play promoted champions Cardiff City at home on the opening day of next season, while preparations and legal entanglements continue over the Hammers’ being named anchor tenants for the Olympic Stadium, in which they intend to start playing in 2016.