LIVERPOOL FC have received an offer from West Ham for striker Andy Carroll.
The Hammers have submitted a bid to take Carroll on a season-long loan with a view to signing him for a fee in excess of £15m next summer.
The Post understands under the terms proposed by the London club if West Ham avoid relegation from the Premier League this season then the transfer would automatically become permanent.
The Reds are considering their options and are in no rush to make a decision on the England international’s future.
Carroll is with Brendan Rodgers’ squad on the tour of North America and could feature in tomorrow’s final friendly against Tottenham in Baltimore.
The 23-year-old big frontman wants to stay and fight for his place at Anfield but knows he faces a battle to convince the new manager he can fit into his playing style.
Liverpool are open to offers for England striker Carroll but they would prefer a permanent transfer to be agreed rather than an initial loan period as Rodgers would then be able to use the cash to boost his summer transfer kitty.
The Reds are resigned to suffering a sizeable loss on the £35million they paid Newcastle United 18 months ago but they are determined to claw back around the £20m mark.
If Carroll is moved on this summer it’s understood he would favour a return to Newcastle United ahead of making the switch to the capital.
Toon owner Mike Ashley recently failed in an attempt to take him on loan for the season after only offering to pay part of his wages with no commitment to making the deal permanent at a later date.
Since then Newcastle haven’t come back with an improved offer and the Reds are now waiting to see if they respond to West Ham’s interest.
If the Hammers did buy Carroll it would shatter their transfer record which is currently the £7.5m they paid Liverpool for Craig Bellamy in 2007.
Bellamy was on target last night as he put Team GB into a 1-0 lead in their match against Senegal.