Hammers prepare staggering 36m deal for Carroll… just weeks after calling for wage cap
08:01 GMT, 1 August 2012
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West Ham want to make Andy Carroll the club's highest-paid player and offer the Liverpool striker a staggering 36million contract – just weeks after calling for a Premier League wage cap.
Sam Allardyce's side are reportedly ready to bankroll Carroll's sky-high 90,000 a week wage for an incredible eight years.
The striker has struggled to find his feet at Liverpool since signing from Newcastle for 35million, and former club Newcastle are easing up in their pursuit giving the Hammers further hope after agreeing an initial 2m loan.
Lucrative: West Ham have matched Andy Carroll's 90,000 a week wage to try to draw him to Upton Park
Although the England international is not keen on a move to the East End, the newly-promoted Barclays Premier League side will not give up on their pursuit.
A West Ham source told The Sun: 'West Ham are not giving up on this.
'The manager wants him badly and the board are backing him to the hilt.'
The two clubs have settled on a 2million loan deal for the England striker, with a further 17million on the table should the newly-promoted Hammers stay in the Premier League.
This deal may be the best offer the Reds can hope for given the fact that the misfiring marksman has only scored six league goals in a Liverpool shirt since joining the club in 2011.
It is reported that the hierarchy at the club have tabled a five-year offer for Carroll, with an option to sign for a further three years.
Blown out Carroll has struggled to find consistent form since joining Liverpool in January 2011
On his way Carroll played against Tottenham in Liverpool's pre-season friendly at the weekend
But West Ham's reportedly astonishing offer comes in the wake of co-owner David Sullivan calling for a Premier League wage cap earlier this month.
The Hammers, as well as West Brom, Swansea, Norwich and Wigan, are determined to avoid being 'taken to the cleaners' by players and agents with lavish wages and bonuses.
Sullivan said to ESPN: 'We'll pay good wages, but not be taken to the cleaners by agents and players at the expense of our supporters.
'The increase in TV money next year, will allow us to continue to freeze ticket and season ticket prices.
'Overpaying virtually bankrupted this club and we are still burdened by 100 million of debt as a result of the excesses of the previous owners in giving too much to players.
'Many clubs are saddled with too much debt, for example Everton, and the restrictions imposed by their bankers will ensure there is a tighter control over wages going forward.'
Carroll's chances to return to the North East seem to have been reduced as the 7million buyout clause for Newcastle's prized forward Demba Ba ending on Tuesday.