It is finally official; Andy Carroll has become a £15 million West Ham United striker. First of all, I do have my fork firmly placed amongst some rather bitter tasting humble pie Hammers fans.
I certainly made it clear my belief that Carroll might be hoping for a move elsewhere. After the occasional hint that West Ham could look to other options and, that Carroll may also, but as many a Happy Hammer told me Carroll has ended up staying at the club that truly is right for him.
But while at West Ham many will be celebrating; Liverpool Football Club must be just shaking their heads.
In 2011 Liverpool invested heavily in the former Newcastle United striker to the eye-watering sum of £35 million. The deal made Carroll the most expensive British footballer of all time and at the time the eighth most expensive footballer in the world (he has since been blown out the top ten by the likes of Falcao, Neymar and Lucas Moura).
But just over two years later Carroll has been flipped; for a massive loss of £20 million.
Recent reports have suggested that Arsenal are ready to break their transfer record for the signature of Argentine international Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid. That deal is said to be to the tune of £22 million.
The simple fact remains that Liverpool have lost more money on the buy and sale of Andy Carroll than a team that has consistently finished above them in the Premier League for the past decade have ever spent on one man.
Andrei Arshavin is The Gunners record transfer, believed to be in the region of £15 million, and Liverpool fans will be quick to point out that he was also barely a livewire for the Gunners. In fact his four goals against The Reds is about as good as it got during the Russians tenure at The Emirates.
On top of that Liverpool did have plenty of collateral at the time. They had just convinced Chelsea, possibly by means of hypnosis or deception, to splurge £50 million on the deteriorating talents of Fernando Torres.
But losing £20 million on a player is simply put not good business and thank heavens Liverpool seem to be doing things a little different these days.
Carroll will always remain a marker of how not to work the Transfer Marlet and unfortunately for Liverpool; they are the location for that continued story.
For Arsenal, they could loosen those pursestrings a little bit, so let’s hope they do binge on an under-rated goal-machine in the making with Higuain.
As for West Ham and Carroll this is a match made in heaven and it won’t be long until offspring in the form of goals comes in quick supply.
If he stays fit that is.
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