Andy Carroll must be wondering where he will be playing his football next season after it was suggested that West Ham would not be pushing for a permanent deal for the striker.

The Sun has reported that West Ham have decided that they cannot justify spending £17million and paying wages of £84,000-a-week for a player who has only made 14 appearances and scored three goals.

Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll has scored just three goals during his loan spell at West Ham. [Reuters]

Carroll has been unfortunate to pick up numerous injuries which has stopped him from stringing together a run of games but his meagre return of goals must also play a major factor in the decision of West Ham.

The England international has scored just nine goals in his 58 league appearances since moving to Liverpool for £35million and it remains uncertain whether Reds boss Brendan Rodgers would want Carroll back at the club.

With Daniel Sturridge excelling since making the move to Anfield, and with Philippe Countinho giving Rodgers another option in attack, Carroll would find it hard to force his way into the Liverpool first team.

Rodgers has always had question marks over whether he could adapt to the passing style that has been implemented at Liverpool and it seems likely that the club will be looking to offload the striker in the summer.

Carroll will be desperate to secure regular first team football after a difficult last two years but it seems he will not be remaining at West Ham.

"The move for Carroll is just too expensive," a West Ham source told The Sun. "In the current economic climate, £17m plus £84k-a-week over four years would add up to around £33m and we need to cut our cloth."

While Liverpool will most likely seek a new buyer for the forward they will not want to take a huge loss as Carroll is still just 24-years-old and has proven that he can be a danger both domestically and the international stage for England.