Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll will be a West Ham player by the end of the week, if Liverpool have their way.

Liverpool expect Andy Carroll's exit will be confirmed within a week with The Reds planning on signing Celta Vigo star Iago Aspas as an immediate replacement.

Following last summer's disastrous transfer window, Brendan Rodgers is looking to complete much of the club's dealings early to prevent a hazardous late dash on deadline day.

Rodgers allowed Carroll to leave on loan for West Ham United in the morning of deadline day but was unable to secure a replacement, with Clint Dempsey choosing to join Tottenham Hotspur.

The Northern Irish boss made for the mistake, signing Daniel Sturridge in the January window in the dying minutes of the window, whose 13 goals helped secure a seventh in the Premier League.

Sturridge could now be out of action for four months after picking up an injury during England's friendly with Republic of Ireland, while fellow striker Luis Suarez has used the last week to engineer a move away from the club, claiming to the media that he is unhappy in England.

With all of these issues looking likely to affect Liverpool's attacking line-up at the start of next season - the Echo claims that the side want to seal Carroll's exit as quickly as possible so they can start working on signing replacements ahead of the new campaign.

Liverpool have reportedly already accepted a £15m bid from West Ham for Carroll, but the England forward had been hoping for a return to Merseyside next season in order to prove himself ahead of next summer's World Cup finals.

But Rodgers has made clear to the 24 year old that if he stays at the club, he won't receive the game time he craves, and hopes he will agree to make the move to east London permanent at the end of the week.

If the side can sort out Carroll's future by next Monday, and pocket £15m - though it is a fraction of the £35m they paid for him just two years ago - they will be able to start building on their squad, and the paper claims they are hoping to sign Aspas for a fee of £7.7m to leave them spare change from Carroll's exit to pursue other targets.