Allardyce: Move will depend on Carroll

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has admitted he would love to sign Andy Carroll but says any move rests on the decision of the player.

New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hinted he could be prepared to let the England international depart Merseyside on loan this summer amid concerns that he won’t fit into his preferred playing strategy.

Speculation over where the striker will be plying his trade next season has kicked into overdrive with rumours suggesting he’s poised for a return to old club Newcastle United.

Carroll left Tyneside for the Reds in a record breaking £35 million deal just 18-months ago but has endured a torrid time at Anfield and now looks likely to leave with Fulham and Italian giants AC Milan also keen.

However Allardyce is the only boss to admit to holding an interest in signing the 23-year-old as he looks to bolster his Hammers squad ahead their return to the Premier League.

Allardyce told Sky Sports News HD: “You can’t say you wouldn’t be interested in Andy Carroll, he’s a player who has got great stature in the Premier League.

“Whether Andy Carroll wants to come to West Ham is another matter.”

Asked if he would favour a loan move or a permanent deal for the striker, he added: “It depends on whether Andy Carroll wants to come to West Ham.”

Carroll is said to be seeking urgent talks with Rodgers to clarify his role at Liverpool before making a decision on his future but it’s thought that he will stay at the club to fight for his place.

It’s likely the Geordie frontman will be third choice for the upcoming campaign with new £10.5m signing Fabio Borini expected to partner Luis Suarez up front.

Italy international Borini joined from Roma on Friday is well known to Rodgers having worked with him at Chelsea and Swansea.