West Ham United FC have announced the signing of England striker Andy Carroll – who spent the 2012/13 campaign on loan at the Boleyn Ground – from Liverpool FC for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old, who registered seven goals in 24 Premier League appearances last term, has penned a six-year deal. "It's fantastic for me to be here. I really enjoyed last season, and that shows in me coming back and making it permanent," he said. "The fans, the lads and the club itself have been great to me, and what I wanted to do was come back here and play football.
"Since the end of the season I've had a lot of time to think, I've missed it and that's why I'm back. Getting promoted the season before last, then finishing where we did – we did great and it can only get better for us. The way the club's being run, obviously getting the new stadium, it's only going up," added Carroll, who helped Sam Allardyce's Hammers finish tenth on their Premier League return.
The Gateshead-born forward joined Liverpool from Newcastle United FC in a transfer worth around €40m in January 2011, but struggled to make an impact on Merseyside, scoring just six times in 44 league outings. Carroll has been capped nine times by England and found the net in a 3-2 defeat of Sweden at UEFA EURO 2012.
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