Andy Carroll says he would seriously consider departing Liverpool for West Ham permanently after enjoying his season on loan with the east London club.

Carroll has struggled with injuries over the course of the season, but looks set to finish the campaign with Sam Allardyce's men on a high, having scored five times in his last seven matches.

While Brendan Rodgers has hinted that he would welcome Carroll back at Liverpool to undergo talks with the striker about his future in June, he insists that the idea of staying at West Ham permanently could be a positive.

Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll says he would be open to moving to West Ham permanently.

"I don't know what is happening so we will just have to wait and see," he said, according to the Guardian. "It has been great here and every minute has been fantastic. The lads have been great, the gaffer has been great and the fans are unbelievable."

Asked whether he would stay at West Ham if the offer was right, Carroll replied: "It is obviously a great club and I do not see why not."

Liverpool purchased Carroll for a British record fee of £35 million in the 2011 winter transfer window. But he failed to live up to the hype surrounding his fee, and when Rodgers took over the club in the 2012 summer it appeared there would be no room for the former Newcastle man in the incoming manager's plans.

While Carroll has been on loan at West Ham, Rodgers has beefed up the attacking line up at Liverpool, further signalling that the 24 year old would not bee needed back at Anfield.

One of the big issues over Carroll's sale will be the price offered to the club, who will be hoping to recoup as much of their £35 million as possible.

And Carroll's recent performances might give a side the motivation to empty their pockets on the player once touted to be England's future, in the hopethat he re-discovers the form that made him such a threat at Newcastle.

Points are all-important for West Ham at the moment, with the side having looked a possibility for a relegation battle at one point in the season.

And after Carroll scored a goal to gift the side a point against Southampton at the weekend, with the game finishing 1-1, he says getting a run of goals under his belt is particularly important as he considers his future.

"It was a bit windy," he explained. "The ball was all over the place but we came here and got a result. In the first half I was getting blocked off and there was a few players around me.

"I was talking to the referee a bit but it was a difficult day to me. With my goal, I just had to hit the target. Obviously it got a little bit of a deflection and went in, which sometimes happens.

"I have had a few injuries over the years and I am just getting over them now so it is good to get on a run of games and goals. I had a few chances and I think we could have won the game in the end. We are disappointed not to but happy we got the point."