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The Hammers chief is thrilled to have secured the England international pair from Liverpool at £35 million less than the prices originally paid by the Anfield outfit

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by Danny Carlton

West Ham co-owner David Gold believes that he has pulled off one of the bargains of the summer by securing the services of Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing for just £20 million combined.

Liverpool have been forced to take a combined hit of £35m on the England internationals, who both struggled to acclimatise during their failed stints on Merseyside.

But Gold feels that the Reds' loss will turn out to be his side's gain once the pair are reunited at Upton Park.

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"When you realise that Andy cost £35m and Stewart £20m when arriving at Liverpool, for us to get them for these prices is brilliant business," he told Goal.

"I have been an advocate of the new Financial Fair Play regulations since the plan was first mooted and we have had to be clever in how we've sorted the wage bill to accommodate the players.

"And Liverpool, too, in order to bring new players in, have had to be realistic in the prices they have charged to ensure they can lose their wages.

"To have grabbed two England internationals for around £20m is, in our terms, absolutely fabulous business."

The pair are unlikely to link up immediately, however, with a heel injury set to keep Carroll out until September. Modibo Maiga is expected to take the centre forward's berth when the Hammers kick off their Premier League campaign against Cardiff City.

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