Liverpool misfit set to return
The Hammers have the opportunity to sign the former Magpie for £17million but it seems they will not take up the option.
Instead, the Irons are looking towards Saints forward Rickie Lambert or Vitesse striker Wilfried Bony, who both are cheaper alternatives than Carroll.
The Sun suggest that the Saints striker will only cost the Hammers £6million, which still seems quite steep for a 30-year-old.
A Hammers source has reportedly said: “The move for Carroll is just too expensive. In the current economic climate, £17m plus £84k-a-week over four years would add up to around £33m and we need to cut our cloth.”
The on-loan star will be looking to impress in the last few weeks to see if he can persuade Allardyce that he is worth the money, as Rodgers has already suggested he has no need for Carroll.
The 24-year-old has only scored three times since joining the east London side in August, although Carroll has been hit with several injuries meaning he has missed about four months of the season.
Although, the option to take up the permanent deal comes down to who is at the helm for West Ham, with current speculation that Allardyce may be let go.