West Ham sign Andy Carroll on season-long loan
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, who failed to make a mark at Anfield following a British record 35 million pound move from Newcastle United last year, has moved to West Ham United on a season-long loan.
Britain's most pricey footballer flew to the West Ham's training ground at Chadwell Heath by a helicopter from Merseyside to complete a sensational swoop by the Londoners.
West Ham ensured the England striker is registered before noon on Friday, which will enable him to line up against Fulham on Saturday lunchtime.
West Ham will pay a 1.5 million pound loan fee to Liverpool as well as paying the former Newcastle man's 80,000 pound-per-week wages.
The Hammers will sign Carroll for 18 million pound on a permanent transfer next summer if they avoid relegation.
Carroll's move to Upton Park ends one of the longest-running transfer sagas of the summer just hours before the transfer window shuts at 11pm on Friday night.
"It's great to be here at West Ham and all signed up - I just can't wait to get started now, I want to be playing games and obviously hoping to score some goals," The Daily Mail quoted Carroll, as saying.
"I know the manager well and some of the lads, so it is nice for me to come to a place where I know people," he added.
"I'm hoping to add a lot of goals and create a few chances. I know Sam from Newcastle and he was a massive reason for me coming. When I worked with him at Newcastle it was great so it was a no-brainer really," he said. (ANI)