Maiga set to seal 7m West Ham switch as Allardyce eyes 35m Kop flop Carroll
12:36 GMT, 16 July 2012
Sam Allardyce is set to make 7million Modibo Maiga his most expensive West Ham signing to date – and the Hammers boss is ramping up his interest in 35m Liverpool misfit Andy Carroll.
The England international is heading for the exit after less just 18 months at Anfield with new boss Brendan Rodgers prepared to let him leave for a fraction of his British record transfer fee.
Newcastle failed with a loan bid to re-sign the 23-year-old at the weekend. But boss Alan Pardew is ready to return with a formal 13m offer.
Hammer time: West Ham are set to wrap up the 7million signing of Modibo Maiga
Allardyce remains a keen rival for Carroll's service, however, after admitting he is desperate to bring the forward to east London.
While West Ham can't afford to buy Carroll outright this summer, they are prepared to pay his 80,000-a-week wages in full with a view to a permanent deal.
'We would dearly love to have Andy Carroll with us but it is a complex situation and he is in no hurry, he doesn’t have to make a quick decision if he doesn’t want to,' Allardyce told the London Evening Standard.
'If Andy is going to leave Liverpool, he can wait and see how many are interested.
Carroll singing: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is keen to sign the Liverpool striker
'The fact, though, that Kevin is a good friend of Andy’s is a slight positive because, if he came here, he wouldn’t be going into a strange environment which would make it easier for him to integrate.'
Sochaux striker Maiga, 24, is due to arrive in London to undergo a medical at Upton Park before putting pen to paper on a long-term deal.
The 6ft 1in Mali international, who failed a medical at Newcastle in January due to a knee problem, will end a frustrating period for Allardyce who has been frustrated in his attempts to make new signings.
Having recruited goalkeepers Jussi Jaaskelainen and Stephen Henderson, the 57-year-old manager has only added George McCartney and Mohamed Diame so far this summer.
Transfer hunt: Allardyce is keen to recruit four more summer signings
Along with Carroll, Allardyce has identified a further four arrivals to boost his newly-promoted side ahead of their August 18 Barclays Premier League kick-off at home to Aston Villa.
'We’ve identified a number of players but, as yet, we’ve not been able to sign them because of their demands,' Allardyce added.
'At the moment, we have signed two out of 12 players we have gone for but I believe we need another four players.
'I still believe we will sign the players we need but every day that goes by makes me more anxious.'