West Ham remain ahead of Newcastle for Liverpool's Carroll

West Ham United remain favourites to sign Liverpool striker Andy Carroll.

West Ham United remain favourites to sign Liverpool striker Andy Carroll.

The Hammers have had a £15 million offer accepted by Liverpool, but Carroll is delaying committing to the transfer.

Carroll, who has also asked the Hammers for wages of £100,000 a week, is stalling on a final decision in the hope that Newcastle will come in for him.

St James’ Park boss Alan Pardew would love to pair Carroll with his only top-line forward Papiss Cisse but the Newcastle board are not prepared to offer more than £10m, says the Daily Express.

Liverpool refuse to contemplate any business unless the Geordies raise the stakes in the knowledge that they already have a £15m offer lying on the table from West Ham.

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