Carroll is our number one target, says West Ham boss Allardyce

The Hammers have already been busy in the transfer window, recruiting Razvan Rat and Adrian, and hope to add the Liverpool frontman to their squad after a successful loan spell
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has indicated that Liverpool striker Andy Carroll remains his top transfer target in what he hopes will be a busy window at Upton Park.

The Hammers have already signed defender Razvan Rat from Shakhtar Donetsk along with goalkeeper Adrian from Spanish side Real Betis and the 58-year-old is hopeful of more incomings - including Carroll.

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The 24-year-old striker spent last season on loan at Upton Park and was impressive in his temporary spell at the club, scoring seven Premier League goals.

But, as reported by Goal in May, West Ham's hopes of siging Carroll were dented by his desire to prove himself at Anfield, though he remains top of Allardyce's summer window wishlist.

"At this moment in time, our first priority is signing Andy Carroll, if we can," Allardyce told the club’s official website.

"The work never really stops over the summer, but I can do it from where the sun is shining because of the communication levels you can achieve today with the technology.

"Via Skype or phone or email or conference call, it is pretty easy to keep in touch with everybody and we can all link-up together if need be.

"If there is an imminent signing, then I’ll be straight back to meet and greet the player and shake hands when he’s signed the contract and to welcome him to West Ham United."