Liverpool loans Carroll to West Ham

Liverpool loaned England striker Andy Carroll to West Ham on Thursday for the remainder of the 2012-13 English Premier League season.

Carroll, 23, joined Liverpool from Newcastle in January 2011 on a transfer fee reported to be $55 million. He scored 11 goals in just 19 Premiership matches for Newcastle that season before the switch.

He scored just six goals while at Liverpool, but departs to join old Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce at West Ham.

"Hopefully he can score goals for us and we will be in a very good position at the end of the year in the Barclays Premier League," Allardyce said.

Capped seven times for England, Carroll could make a permanent switch to West Ham next summer. The loan includes an option to buy at the end of the season.

"It's great to be here at West Ham and all signed up - I just can't wait to get started now," Carroll said. "I want to be playing games and obviously hoping to score some goals. I know the manager well and some of the lads, so it is nice for me to come to a place where I know people.

"I'm hoping to add a lot of goals and create a few chances. I know Sam from Newcastle and he was a massive reason for me coming. When I worked with him at Newcastle it was great so it was a no-brainer really."

Carroll could debut Saturday, when West Ham hosts Fulham in the Premiership.