By Greg Stobart
West Ham are preparing to call time on their Andy Carroll gamble and send the striker back to Liverpool in January, Goal.com understands.
The Hammers agreed a season-long loan deal for Carroll with the Merseyside club in August but have grown frustrated with the England international’s injury problems and believe the wage commitment could be better spent on other players.
West Ham currently pay all of Carroll’s £90,000-a-week salary but the striker has made only 10 appearances this season, scoring just one goal in their defeat at Tottenham in November.
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Liverpool have a recall option in the winter transfer window but West Ham can also end the agreement for the 23-year-old.
Carroll is currently sidelined with a knee injury but hit the headlines earlier this month following an alleged altercation with a photographer during West Ham’s Christmas party in Dublin.
Brendan Rodgers, the Reds manager, sees no future for Carroll at Anfield despite the enormous £35 million spent by former manager Kenny Dalglish to bring him to the club from Newcastle in January 2011.
Newcastle are keen to bring Carroll back to Tyneside and will consider a move in January if their former star returns to Liverpool. Alan Pardew is facing questions over the futures of both Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba and made clear his desire to re-sign Carroll last summer.
Carroll has scored just 11 goals in 58 games for Liverpool and has been told he has no future on Merseyside despite vowing to fight for his Reds career, with his style of play ill-suited to Rodgers’ passing philosophy.
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