Carroll completes West Ham move

England striker Andy Carroll has completed his move from Liverpool to West Ham United, the east London club said on Wednesday. The Hammers said on that the 24-year-old, who was on loan at the club last season, had signed a six-year contract, with the option of a further two.

No transfer fee was disclosed but it was reported that Carroll cost West Ham a club record £15.5m (€18.1m, $24.3m USD), plus a further £2 million in add-ons. Carroll, who played under manager Sam Allardyce at Newcastle United, turned out 24 times and scored seven goals for the Hammers last season but was plagued by injury.

"It's fantastic for me to be here. I really enjoyed last season, and that shows in me coming back and making it permanent," Carroll said.  "The fans, the lads and the club itself has 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."

Carroll began his career at his local club Newcastle in 2006 and scored 19 goals in the 2009/10 season helping the Magpies win promotion from the second-tier Championship at the first attempt.

Liverpool payed a club record £35 million in 2011 for Carroll, making him the most expensive British player at the time. However, he found his first season to be difficult under manager Kenny Dalglish. 

Liverpool, for whom Carroll played 58 times, scoring 11 times, also confirmed the move and said in a statement: "Everybody at Liverpool FC would like to wish Andy all the best for the future."

Carroll is West Ham's third signing of the close season. Allardyce has already brought in Shakhtar Donetsk's Romania defender Razvan Rat and Real Betis goalkeeper Adrian.