Andy Carroll remains my priority - Allardyce

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 10th June 2013

Sam Allardyce has revealed that signing Andy Carroll is still his main target this summer.

The 24-year-old striker spent the entire 2012/13 season on loan at the Boleyn Ground, scoring seven goals in 24 appearances. Just last month, his parent club Liverpool accepted a ?15million offer from West Ham to make the deal permanent.

However Carroll, who has been on holiday since the end of the season is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal - despite Allardyce insisting that capturing the player remains his number one priority.

Speaking in an interview with (the full version of which may be found at, Allardyce replied: "At this moment in time, our first priority is signing Andy Carroll, if we can.

"Then, it's about the recruitment of the other players who we want as quickly as we possibly can. That will be the most difficult part of this summer.

"The work never really stops over the summer, but I can do it from where the sun is shining because of technology. It's pretty easy to keep in touch with everybody and we can all link-up together if need be.

"If there is an imminent signing then I'll be straight back to meet and greet the player and shake hands when he's signed the contract - and to welcome him to West Ham United."

Allardyce has made two new additions to his squad since the end of the 2012/13 campaign, signing experienced full back Razvan Rat and former Betis goalkeeper Adrian.

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