Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Officially Sell Andy Carroll to West Ham

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2013

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13:  Andy Carroll of West Ham celebrates scoring a goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on April 13, 2013 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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In news that hardly comes as a surprise, Andy Carroll has been sold from Liverpool to West Ham, according to the Reds' official site

Liverpool Football Club have confirmed that Andy Carroll has completed a permanent transfer to West Ham United.

The striker spent the duration of the 2012-13 campaign on loan with the Hammers, scoring seven goals in 24 appearances.

Carroll joined Liverpool from Newcastle United on transfer deadline day in January 2011.

In total, he played 58 games for the Reds and scored 11 times.

Everybody at Liverpool FC would like to wish Andy all the best for the future.

The Hammers tweeted out a welcome picture for the big striker, as he returns to the club where he re-discovered his scoring touch. 

The club also released further details on the deal:

Carroll joins the Hammers on a six-year contract, with an option for a further two in the Club's favour, for an undisclosed, Club record fee after enjoying an outstanding 2012/13 season on loan at the Boleyn Ground.

The marquee signing represents a significant step for the Club as they prepare to move to the 54,000-seater Olympic Stadium in 2016, with Carroll set to play a central role having committed his long-term future to the Hammers.

Carroll stated, according to the Hammers' official site:

It's fantastic for me to be here. I really enjoyed last season, and that shows in me coming back and making it permanent.

The fans, the lads and the Club itself has been great to me, and what I wanted to do was come back here and play football.

Since the end of the season I've had a lot of time to think, I've missed it and that's why I'm back. Getting promoted the season before last, then finishing where we did - we did great, and it can only get better for us.

The way the Club's being run, obviously getting the new stadium and everything like that, it's only going up.

Carroll went to West Ham on loan for the 2012-13 season, scoring seven goals and adding four assists in 22 starts and 24 total appearances. He missed a good portion of the season with a knee injury, however, and was sidelined for nearly all of December and January. 

He came back to the club with a bang, though, scoring five goals in his next eight games. After scoring just one goal in his first 10 games and missing two months, he finally offered a glimpse of what he was capable of down the stretch. 

Carroll first came to Liverpool in January 2011 for a club-record £35 million transfer fee after scoring 17 Premier League goals for Newcastle in 2009-10 and adding 11 goals in 19 games in 2010-11. He was brought on to replace Fernando Torres, who was sold to Chelsea that same month. 

But much like Torres has struggled at Chelsea, Carroll never found his footing at Anfield, scoring just six league goals in a season-and-a-half for Liverpool. And with Brendan Rodgers taking over as manager last season and instituting a system built around spacing and possession, it became clear that Carroll wasn't a good fit at the club. 

Thus, it came as little surprise when he was sent to West Ham on a season-long loan last August, much as it isn't terribly shocking that the move has been made permanent. 

When in form, Carroll is a force in the air and can hold up play for the midfield given his size, strength and nimble skill set. He's a true No. 9 and gives West Ham a target in the box. 

If he can stay healthy and out of trouble, Carroll will certainly have the chance to revitalize his once very bright career with the Hammers. 

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