West Ham owner explains why Andy Carroll stayed at Liverpool
It takes three parties to agree a transfer; the buying club, the selling club and of course the player himself.
August 15th, 2012
Andy Carroll is regarded as surplus to requirements at Anfield, although the Liverpool striker is determined to prove to Brendan Rodgers that he can be a success story at the Merseyside club.
West Ham looked all set to secure the former Newcastle striker on loan before the plug was pulled by the player himself when it came to a loan deal, with David Sullivan revealing that Sam Allardyce wanted Carroll to be on the end of Matt Jarvis crosses.
“I can only talk about this because it has been put in the public domain already,” co-owner Sullivan told the Daily Mirror. “My manager wanted Andy Carroll, so we backed him.
“Andy was the perfect player for him and the style of football we play.
“We play a lot of high balls, a lot of crosses – quite exciting football, not just humping it but clever crossing – and Sam wanted Jarvis to supply the crosses because he is a fantastic crosser.
“We had a deal in place with Liverpool to borrow the player which automatically became a purchase if we stayed up.
“We hoped, as he had the same agent as our manager – a man we had done a lot of business with – and he was very friendly with Kevin Nolan, our captain, that Andy would want to come.
“It was a terribly expensive deal with the loan fee and with his wages, which were enormous – too much for a club like ours. But, as the manager really wanted him, we were prepared to pay it.
“But he really wants to stay at Liverpool. He believes that he will get back into the side by his performances – coming off the bench or for the reserves. He believes the manager will have to put him back in the side. But it’s wrong to discuss what is in his mind. Only he knows that.”