West Ham give up on Carroll

West Ham finally admit defeat in it’s attempt to sign Andy Carroll from Liverpool.

West Ham had agreed a fee with Liverpool for Carroll in the region of £2 Million to take the striker on loan initially with another £18 Million being paid for the permanent transfer of the striker should West Ham have retained their place in the Premier League.

However, it soon became apparent Carroll had no interest in joining us, even on a loan deal, and would stay put in Liverpool unless his boyhood club Newcastle came knocking or an English Premier League club playing in Europe.

High hopes from a man who couldn’t hit a barn door from 5-yards for Liverpool after paying a mammoth £35 Million for him. Interestingly, no clubs who meet his strict criteria have come calling even though they know of his availability!

Crazy Wages

In an attempt to change Carrolls mind West Ham were ready to offer him a crazy wage deal for an even more absurd 8-years, but thankfully this too never turned his pony tailed head which I am quite thankful for as he would have needed to play like a complete superstar from day one for us to have ever recouped our money should we have cashed in on him at any point.

Dead Deal

David Sullivan’s son Jack informed his Twitter following on Monday that the deal was finally dead after doing everything possible to be Carroll in a West Ham shirt.

Shortly after a club source told ESPN:

Sadly, it is true, we have conceded defeat in trying to sign Andy Carroll.

So onwards and upwards in the search for quality additions to the West Ham squad which I am sure we can all agree are much needed.

Iron Bobby


Thursday Transfer Update

West Ham are very busy in the transfer market this window with seven players already in the door and more to follow.

Let’s kick off with Spanish defender Ivan Ramis who was all set to move to West Ham after a fee was agreed with his club Mallorca, however after passing his medical he got a call from a certain Roberto Martinez who whispered sweet nothings in Spanish in his ear and now he looks set to move to Wigan.

So was we being used by Mr. Ramis to get Wigan to sweeten the deal? Either way we signed James Collins so we haven’t been left high and dry as we have a good defender who crucially has Premier League experience.

Carlos Tevez

Apparently a deal to take the Argentinian striker on loan for 6 months is in place, however it’s conditional on City signing a top quality striker, who I am assuming is Robin Van Persie who wants out at Arsenal.

I wasn’t paying much attention to this but betting on this transfer has shortened all the way to 3/1 joint favourites with AC Milan. I usually find when the odds turn around like that then there is usually something to it. Whether or not all the pieces fall in to place to make this deal happen is another thing.

Andy Carroll

Carroll was left out of Liverpools Europa squad yesterday citing injury, however that says to me Rodgers isn’t keen on the player and wants him to move to West Ham as soon as possible or get on the phone and try and get Newcastle to offer the same package so they can cash in and get some replacements in.

Carlos Sanchez

Sanchez is a defensive midfield player who is interesting Bolton, West Ham are now looking to scupper the deal for the man known as ‘The Rock’.

How about you guys? Heard anything on the down low you would care to share?

Andy Carroll To Be Offered Crazy Wages

In an attempt to lure Andy Carroll to Upton Park, West Ham are willing to shatter wage cap.

West Ham continue their pursuit of Andy Carroll today with the club ready to break all transfer and wage records to get the big striker to ply his trade at The Boleyn.

The Daily Mail are reporting that an 8-year contract worth an eye watering £36 Million is on offer to get the England international to sign for the club, this would put Carroll on £90k per week.

Liverpool have already agreed to the £2 Million loan for this season with a further £17 Million to be paid on the condition that West Ham are still in the Premier League. Considering that Carroll has only scored 6 goals for the reds since his record breaking £35 Million move back in 2011 I think that’s the best deal they could have hoped for, especially now Newcastles interest appears to have waned now that Demba Ba’s £7 Million release clause is no more after no clubs activated it by July 31st.

It appears Sam Allardyce is desperate to get Carroll on board with a source telling The Daily Mail:

‘The manager wants him badly and the board are backing him to the hilt.’

What’s strange is that West Ham Co-Owner David Sullivan only recently commented that the club would never pay over the top wages again as the previous Icelandic regime nearly bankrupt the club by doing exactly that.

I am not sure what other fans think about this but paying this kind of money for Carroll is crazy, surely we could get the spine of a great team together for the same amount we would spend on one player? If we want strikers then Ba was available for £7 Million, Berbatov is reportedly available for £5 Million and then you could try and pry Defoe away from Tottenham as he really needs to move on to get some playing time. All three combined would cost less than Carroll and if you offered the kind of wages being talked about I am sure you would get two out of three of them!

In other news James Collins is set to complete his move to West Ham today, more news as soon as I get it.

Iron Bobby


Tuesday Update

Lots going on with West Ham regarding players but very little official news coming through.

Let’s kick off with Andy Carroll, everywhere was buzzing yesterday with lots of respectable sources suggesting it was a done deal with £2 Million being paid up front for the loan of Carroll for the season, with a further £17 Million to be paid subject to West Ham retaining their Premier League status, however rumours are the player himself is reluctant to head to West Ham, although nothing has been confirmed by Carroll himself.

Not sure about this personally, I feel we have been courting the player who has shown little or no desire to come to us, so maybe time to put this to bed and focus on quality players who do want to play for West Ham.

As I understand this deal is now dead and we will not be pursuing this further.

Ivan Ramis

The player is apparently having a medical at Upton Park today and a deal will hopefully be confirmed in the next 24 hours.

James Collins

A fee has been agreed with Aston Villa to bring ‘The Ginger Pele’ back to West Ham, I always rated Collins so am happy to see him heading back to ply his trade in claret and blue.

Sebastian Boenisch

The Polish international full back is in discussions with West Ham after leaving Werder Bremen last month.

Demba Ba

No news on the player but his contract stipulates a £7 Million release clause until midnight tonight, surely worth activating as the man is a goal scorer, not sure if he would come back to West Ham but definitely worth a punt in my opinion.


I can’t help but think the whole Andy Carroll pantomime is really a smoke screen for other signings, I think it’s obvious he has no interest in joining us so hopefully we’re working on signing someone like Demba Ba or even Dimitar Berbatov behind the scenes.

What about you guys? What’s your view on our transfer dealings and who would you like us to bring in?

Andy Carroll Transfer Agreed

Breaking news is that West Ham have agreed a deal for Andy Carroll.

Reports are coming out that West Ham have agreed a £2 Million deal for Carroll to join on loan initially with a fee of £17 Million to be paid at the end of the season.

Very good sources are backing this up, however SkySports news are reporting that West Ham have denied that any has been done and the players agent is distancing himself from the deal.

Liverpool Accept Bid

More coming out this morning about this transfer is that Liverpool accepted the offer from West Ham for Andy Carroll but the player himself is not interested in a permanent move to Upton Park.

Carroll is thought to favour a return to Newcastle for obvious reasons, but sources close to the player have suggested he will only leave Liverpool for an English club playing in Europe. Quite high standards from a man who could not hit a barn door most of last season and whose club is willing to take a massive loss on him.

Monday Talking Points

Lots to discuss today from friendly results, possible transfers and the Olympic GB team.

Lets start with Ivan Ramic, reports started surfacing over the weekend that West Ham were looking to gazump Wigan to his signature, and this was backed up on Sunday with Mallorca stating on their website they accepted a bid from West Ham for the player – Read More Here – but this morning I am hearing reports that Roberto Martinez has personally got involved and has now swayed the players decision to instead move to the JJB. Could it be like Eidur Gudjohnsen all over again!

Andy Carroll

From being the man Brendan Rodgers couldn’t wait to show the door to, with Rodgers seemingly willing to carry the player on his back to any club that batted it’s eyelids at him, there now seems to be a bizarre U-turn from the Liverpool boss who was quoted saying:

“There has been a lot written about Andy, but you saw today he’s happy to be here and he’s worked very well since he’s been here.

“The reality is he’s still a Liverpool player, he can fit into how I want to play, and he’s happy here.

“I’m certainly not wishing to push him out of the door.”

Bit of an odd turn around, seeing as Carroll was deemed a player who would not play the beautiful football Rodgers wants to implement, maybe it’s a case of the reds manager trying to use an industrial sized drum to drum up some more interest in the player?

James Tomkins Performances

I was expecting good things from our young CB at the Olympic Games, telling all and sundry who didn’t know about him that West Ham have a classy defender coming through and that their teams can keep their grubby little mits off him. Well I think Tomkins must not want any interest in himself as he has hardly covered himself with glory, I hope he has some better games as we don’t really need a player coming back for the start of the new season low on confidence!

Weekend Friendly Game

This weekend saw The Hammers come up against the mighty German team Energie Cottbus and walk away with a 2-2 draw after being 2-0 down to Ze Germans.

Sam Baldock was on target again which is becoming a familiar sight this pre-season, however it was the on trial Colin Kazim-Richards who scored the goal of the match with a volley from outside the box, cheeky!

Sam Baldock

Speaking of the little man, reports circulating today are that Bristol have had a bid of £1.5 Million accepted for him, if true I am assuming Allardyce only has room for one striker of his type and chose to keep Nicky Maynard.

Finally, Bubbles!

Did anyone else see the rendition of I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles at the Olympics Opening Ceremony? If not check this out:


Andy Carroll To West Ham Transfer Rumour Continues

Reports in all the papers today suggest West Ham United have shattered their transfer bid record with a £17 Million move for Liverpool Striker Andy Carroll.

Carroll, 23,  is thought to be deemed as surplus to requirements by new Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers who is keen to recoup as much of the record breaking £35 Million the club spent bringing the player in from Newcastle.

The rumour mill went into overdrive a few days ago with West Ham Co-Owner David Sullivan’s son tweeting:

Everyone thought it to be Carroll straight away and it now looks like this is confirmed.

There are however different takes on how West Ham plan on paying for the striker, with some suggesting an initial £2 Million to take the player on loan with a further £17 Million to be paid to complete the permanent transfer at the end of the season, with others suggesting a straight up cash offer.

Knowing our board I think the loan move with a permanent transfer should West Ham stay in the Premier League to be more likely.

Even though Kevin Nolan has no doubt been in Carroll’s ear, it’s thought that he would prefer a move back to Newcastle first and foremost, but if they fail to stump up the fee then he would look at our offer.