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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists Andy Carroll will not be sold on the cheap

Rodgers insists Carroll will not leave for peanuts, but don't expect anywhere near the 'astronomical' 35m paid in the first place

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

21:00 GMT, 5 April 2013

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 5 April 2013

Andy Carroll will not be allowed to leave Liverpool on the cheap with Brendan Rodgers undecided whether the 35m striker is part of his plans.

The 28-year-old is currently on loan at West Ham and will sit down with Rodgers at the end of the season to discuss his Anfield future.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is keen sign Carroll on a permanent basis, while the player’s former club Newcastle are monitoring the situation.

Wanted man Carroll's future is still unsure, with his Liverpool contract running out in 2016

Wanted man Carroll's future is still unsure, with his Liverpool contract running out in 2016

Brendan Rodgers

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

Been and gone: Rodgers (left) wiants a good fee for Carroll, with Alan Pardew (right) rumoured to be interested

Although Rodgers has warned potential suitors they will have to pay the going rate for the powerful target man.

‘It’s absolutely the case that, just the same as last season, If the player does leave then it won’t be for nothing,’ Rodgers said.

‘He came here for an astronomical fee which was no fault of his own, so we will see what happens in the summer.’

Rodgers admires the robust qualities that Carroll can bring to a team, but hinted that he may struggle to accommodate a player of his type in his future vision for Liverpool.

'Astronomical': Rodgers saysthe huge fee paid for Carroll by Kenny Dalglish was not the player's fault

'Astronomical': Rodgers saysthe huge fee paid for Carroll by Kenny Dalglish was not the player's fault

‘Every player it is about the style, and how they fit into that. If you look at Luis Suarez he has flourished this season in the roaming role we have given him.

'We are a team that is set up to exploit his qualities,’ Rodgers added.

‘Likewise for other players you may have to set up in a certain way to get the best out of them.

There is no doubt Andy has qualities – some of his goals from set plays with West Ham have proven that.’

Out the door: Carroll played 44 times in the Premier League for Liverpool before moving on loan to West Ham

Out the door: Carroll played 44 times in the Premier League for Liverpool before moving on loan to West Ham

Arsenal set to loan Marouane Chamakh out to West Ham

Hammers poised to take Chamakh from Arsenal in loan deal

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UPDATED:

22:29 GMT, 21 December 2012

West Ham are in talks over a loan deal for Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh.

Arsene Wenger will pay a cut of the Moroccan’s 65,000-a-week wages.

On his way Chamakh could soon be leaving Arsenal

On his way Chamakh could soon be leaving Arsenal

Chamakh has come under fire from Arsenal fans for his performances.

He missed a penalty as the Gunners embarrassingly lost to League Two Bradford in the League Cup last week.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce also wants ex-Chelsea star Salomon Kalou on loan.

Zebre 14 Harlequins 57: Smith nabs a brace as pool leaders Quins secure bonus point win

Zebre 14 Harlequins 57: Smith nabs a brace as pool leaders secure bonus point win

PUBLISHED:

16:34 GMT, 8 December 2012

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UPDATED:

16:34 GMT, 8 December 2012

Harlequins remain on course for top spot in Heineken Cup pool three after a comprehensive victory over Zebre in Parma.

The Aviva Premiership pacesetters ran in eight tries to secure a winning bonus point.

Sam Smith scored a brace with Nick Easter, Matt Hopper, Rob Buchanan and Ben Botica also among the scorers for Connor O'Shea's high fliers, who also managed two scrum penalty tries.

The most Zebre could manage on a bitterly cold day was a first-half breakaway try by Leonardo Sarto and a late consolation for Alberto Chillon.

Two tries: Sam Smith helped Quins to an easy win

Two tries: Sam Smith helped Quins to an easy win

With Biarritz losing to Connacht last night, Quins' destiny now lies in their own hands and victory in next week's return against Zebre will effectively seal their passage through to the quarter-finals.

Harlequins were good value for their win and barely had to break sweat for some of their tries.

The first came for Smith on 26 minutes, a routine dash for the corner after the Zebre defence had been stretched on the back of a Maurie Fa'asavalu turnover.

Evans converted, adding to an earlier penalty, and already it looked as though the game was up for a desperately limited Zebre side, who failed to get out of their own half in the opening half hour.

Things went from bad to worse for the hapless Italians when serial offender Mauro Bergamasco was sent to the sin-bin for a ruck offence.

With that it looked as though the floodgates would open, and Smith helped himself to a second try after linking superbly with Tom Williams.

Again Evans converted to leave Quins 17-0 up and coasting.

Complacency cost Quins as they went in search of a third try before half-time, and it was Zebre who instead struck next, Sarto racing away after one too many passes cost Quins.

It was shortlived joy for Zebre, and Quins were back in business within three minutes of the restart as Easter bagged their third try after the visiting forwards wrestled the home pack into submission.

Danny Care, Matt Hopper and Mike Brown all went close to adding a fourth, but in the end it was the forwards that took the plaudits, forcing a penalty try after dominating the home scrum.

They would do so again later in the half as Zebre went into meltdown, and sandwiched in between was a fine individual try by Hopper, who showed great footwork to outmanoeuvre the home defence.

He was eclipsed shortly after, however, by substitute prop Buchanan, who scored with practically his first touch after another irresistible attack by rampant Quins.

A late try by Chillon proved scant consolation for a disillusioned Zebre, and it was left to another substitute, Botica, to wrap up the scoring for Quins.

Sean Maguire is West Ham target

Young Irish striker Maguire on Hammers boss Allardyce's wishlist

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UPDATED:

23:22 GMT, 27 November 2012

West Ham are poised to sign young Irish striker Sean Maguire after he impressed on trial.

The 18-year-old Waterford United player had a spell with Blackpool last week and has been scouted by Brighton, Peterborough and Derby.

Allardyce's side have struggled for goals this season with loan striker Andy Carroll only netting his first at the weekend.

Reaching out: Sam Allardyce (left) could soon have youngster Sean Maguire at the club

Reaching out: Sam Allardyce (left) could soon have youngster Sean Maguire at the club

Sam Allardyce not getting carried away

Allardyce vows to hammer his West Ham charges if they start to get complacent

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 18 November 2012

Sam Allardyce is far too wise to get carried away by West Ham's promising start to the season – that will be the message he hammers home to his players before they entertain Stoke.

West Ham have won five of their opening 11 league games and are six points better off than their opponents.

‘When you continue to get results,
then people can’t ignore what you’re doing, both as a manager and a
group of players and coaching staff,’ admitted Allardyce.

Pushing on: Sam Allardyce wants to push on after a bright start

Pushing on: Sam Allardyce wants to push on after a bright start

‘Most of us have been here (in the Premier League) before – certainly I have for a long time and we know the position we’re in is a very good one.

‘But we know only a quarter of the season has gone. It’s a great start and that’s all it is.’

Stoke have a midfield problem with Dean Whitehead suspended and his standby Glenn Whelan facing a late check on a hamstring injury.

Jockeys star in Gangnam Style parody – video

Hey, sexy horsey! Jump jockeys star in hilarious Gangnam Style parody

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UPDATED:

02:55 GMT, 7 November 2012

Gangnam Style – it might sound like entry for a novice hurdle at Sandown but is in fact an internet sensation – now has a jockey version.

The single by South Korean artist PSY has been the subject of tribute parodies by many among others, including students from Eton.

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Parody: David Crosse, Gerard Tumelty, Sam Jones and Charlie Huxley starred in their adaption of Gangnam Style

Parody: David Crosse, Gerard Tumelty, Sam Jones and Charlie Huxley star in their version of Gangnam Style

Parody: David Crosse, Gerard Tumelty, Sam Jones and Charlie Huxley starred in their adaption of Gangnam Style

But jump jockeys David Crosse, Gerard Tumelty, Sam Jones and Charlie Huxley, with a little inadvertent help from AP McCoy, have produced their take.

The voice-over is supplied by ex-jockey Kevin Tobin while another former weighing room face, ATR Presenter Luke Harvey, was behind the camera.

Aston Villa want Abdoulaye Ba

Villa look to strengthen defence with Porto's Senegalese giant Ba

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UPDATED:

22:51 GMT, 30 October 2012

Aston Villa are weighing up a loan move for Porto centre back Abdoulaye Ba.

The 21-year-old has been a target for West Ham manager Sam Allardyce but ran into problems securing a work permit for the 6ft 6in Senegalese.

All smiles: Abdoulaye Ba (right) is a target for Paul Lambert's Aston Villa

All smiles: Abdoulaye Ba (right) is a target for Paul Lambert's Aston Villa

Ricardo Vaz Te out for 12 weeks with dislocated shoulder

Hammer blow! Vaz Te out for 12 weeks with dislocated shoulder

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UPDATED:

19:51 GMT, 6 October 2012

West Ham forward Ricardo Vaz Te could be out for up to 12 weeks after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal.

The 26-year-old had to be replaced by Matt Taylor just after the hour-mark after falling awkwardly following a challenge with Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce confirmed after the match that Vaz Te would not be fit to return until after the international break and could be out until the festive period.

Agony: Ricardo Vaz Te will miss the next 12 weeks with a dislocated shoulder

Agony: Ricardo Vaz Te will miss the next 12 weeks with a dislocated shoulder

'No he won't be right, it will be six to 12 weeks depending,' he said.

'We can't get it back so he is going to have to go to hospital to have an anaesthetic put in it to slot the shoulder back into the socket.

'The specialist will determine how long it will take to sort that out so it is a bit of a shame, but we all suffer injuries and we just have to make sure we use the squad we have got.'

Sam Allaryce begs Roy Hodgson to go easy on Andy Carroll

Be careful with our Andy, Roy! Allardyce begs Hodgson to go easy on Carroll

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 20 September 2012

Andy Carroll is expected to be fit for England next month — but club manager Sam Allardyce has pleaded with Roy Hodgson to be careful with him.

The striker has only played 68 minutes for West Ham since joining on loan from Liverpool at the end of the transfer window.

But Allardyce expects the 23-year-old to recover from his hamstring injury to play against Arsenal on October 6, their last match before the international break.

Prize asset: Carroll has only played 68 minutes for West Ham

Prize asset: Carroll has only played 68 minutes for West Ham

He would then be available to face San Marino at Wembley on October 12 before flying to Poland for another World Cup qualifier.

Allardyce said: ‘The last thing we’d want is to spend all that time to get him fit again, play for us, go to England and get injured.

'I’m not saying don’t play him, just be careful of the situation. There’d have to be a conversation between me and Roy and the medical staff to put them in the picture.’

Carroll has joined the team for light training and Allardyce is keen to get him playing again on his season-long loan.

He added: ‘I can’t tell Roy what to do if he’s fit to play for England. All I can express is my situation and Andy’s situation for the benefit of me, for Andy and for England.’

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce keeps Yossi Benayoun guessing

West Ham boss Allardyce keeps on-loan Benayoun guessing

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UPDATED:

22:08 GMT, 14 September 2012

Sam Allardyce will make a late
decision on whether to give loan signing Yossi Benayoun his second West
Ham debut at Norwich on Saturday.

Benayoun, who joined from Chelsea on
transfer deadline day last month, featured in both of Israel's World Cup
qualifiers this week but Allardyce is still not sure whether the
midfielder is ready to start.

National service: Yossi Benayoun (R) in action for Israel

National service: Yossi Benayoun (R) in action for Israel

He said: 'Yossi has been away with his national side and only had a light training session, so we will assess the squad and make a decision on the starting line-up from there.'