Andy Carroll (Striker)
6th Jan 1989 (Gateshead, England)Signed:
19th Jun 2013 (£15,500,000)Contract:
6 years + 2 year optionPrevious Club:
Best Signing 2012/13; Goal of the Season 2016/17, (runner-up) 2014/15.
Andy Carroll spent the entire 2012/13 season at West Ham on loan from parent club Liverpool. During his first season in east London, the England international scored seven goals in 22 starts for the Hammers.
Little more than a month after the season ended, Carroll returned to West Ham on a permanent basis after the two clubs agreed what was to be a club record ?15.5million fee. That left Liverpool, who paid ?35million to Newcastle for his services just two years earlier - a fee that broke the British transfer record - heavily out of pocket.
Born in Gateshead, Carroll started his professional career with local side Newcastle United in 2006, before spending a brief period on loan with Preston North End, during which time he scored his first league goal.
He established himself as a regular in the Newcastle first team by 2008, and following Newcastle's relegation from the Premier League to the Championship in 2009, scored 17 goals in 39 appearances to help Newcastle win the division, earning immediate promotion back to the Premier League in the process.
He continued to play for the Magpies in the Premier League, scoring 11 goals in 19 appearances.
USING HIS HEAD: A selection of goals from Carroll's first season at West Ham
Carroll's performances for Newcastle earned him a call up to the England squad for the friendly against France on 17 November 2010. He scored his first senior goal, a low left foot drive into the bottom corner, four months later in a friendly against Ghana which ended 1-1.
The 6'3" forward signed for Liverpool on the final day of the 2011 January transfer window. He was bought to replace Fernando Torres, who moved from Liverpool to Chelsea on the same day for a fee of ?50 million, making Carroll the second-most expensive player currently playing for a British club.
On 15 May 2012, Carroll was included in the England squad for the 2012 European Championship. He opened the scoring for his country with a powerful header in their second group game against Sweden, which England went on to win 3-2.
BESSIE MATES: Andy and Kevin Nolan speak to ESPN