By James Nursey
West Ham have told Andy Carroll it’s make your mind up time over his proposed switch to Upton Park.
New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is trying to offload the £35million target-man as he sets about changing the Reds’ style of play.
England international Carroll only managed four league goals last season, and now Rodgers wants to loan the 23-year-old to the Hammers for the coming season, with a view to a permanent £17m transfer next summer.
But even though he’d be Hammers’ best-paid player on £100k-a-week, Carroll would rather return to his native Newcastle, who he left in January 2011, if he has to leave Liverpool.
Unlike West Ham, Newcastle can offer Carroll Europa League football in the coming campaign after coming fifth last season.
However, Toon owner Mike Ashley is driving a hard bargain.
Meanwhile, Hammers’ co-owner David Sullivan is pushing Carroll for a firm decision after tabling a more lucrative offer than the Geordies’ one.
Sullivan is prepared to move on to new targets if Carroll rejects them, rather than being strung along by the striker for weeks.
Carroll did not travel with his Liverpool team-mates to Belarus for the first leg of their Europa League qualifier against FC Gomel.