West Ham admit interest in £35m Liverpool striker Andy Carroll


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West Ham owner David Gold has fanned the flames of speculation regarding Andy Carroll and a possible move to Upton Park.

The striker’s future has been discussed heavily in recent days, with the likes of AC Milan, Newcastle, Fulham and the Hammers all reportedly interested in signing the Geordie who has failed to impress since his £35 million move to Liverpool in January 2011.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers did little to dismiss the rumours in a recent press conference and given that Carroll seems unsuited to the style of play Rodgers wants to instil at the club the frontman could well be leaving.

The biggest stumbling block to potential suitors is the price-tag, since Liverpool will want to minimise their losses on such a big investment.

However, the Anfield club might be open to a loan deal and this has caught the attention of West Ham.

Although he denied that any talks had been held, owner David Gold confirmed his club’s interest in making a deal.

He told BBC Sport: "I am not aware of any talks between ourselves or Liverpool over Andy Carroll.

"But that's not to say we don't have an interest should he become available."

West Ham also have an advantage in that club captain Kevin Nolan is a great friend of Andy Carroll and could well persuade the forward to join him in London.