West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has revealed that West Ham have an agreement in place with Liverpool to sign Andy Carroll at the end of the season, but must still discuss the terms of the deal with the striker.
Carroll made the move to Upton Park on a season-long loan deal as he looked to gain regular first team football and prove that he could be a threat in the Premier League.
However, a knee injury kept the striker out of action for more than two months and he has only just returned to full fitness as he looks to help West Ham return to their early season form after a run of just two wins in 12 games.
There was a suggestion that Liverpool would recall the striker in January but his injury meant that he only made just 12 appearances before suffering the injury at the end of November, only returning in the 3-1 loss to Fulham on 30 January.
With Liverpool signing Daniel Sturridge in the January transfer window it means there is yet more competition for Carroll and Sullivan has suggested that they are prepared to let him leave the club in the summer.
"I am often asked about Andy Carroll's deal," Sullivan told the Daily Mail. "It is a season-long loan. Liverpool had an option to take him back in January, but he has been injured.
"West Ham have an agreement with Liverpool to sign him at the end of the season, but we have no agreement with the player.
"It was his desire to come to West Ham to prove himself to Liverpool and that hasn't changed. He has had injuries since he came, but he is back to fitness now and we have 15 games left... we need some goals and some points, so let's see.
"His return will give us a lift. We need one of our strikers to hit goal form. We're in the middle of a poor run in a tough division and we play a very good Swansea team on Saturday."
Should Carroll get back to full fitness then he will be looking to prove his doubters wrong and get back to intimidating defenders, and most importantly scoring goals.