News literally hot off the press is that West Ham has agreed a fee of £15m with Liverpool for striker Andy Carroll. Carroll was originally part of the Fernando Torres deal, whereby Torres went to Chelsea from Liverpool for £50m and Carroll went from Newcastle United for £35m.

Since Brendan Rodgers has been manager of Liverpool, it has become clear that Carroll will not be part of his plans now or in the future, so his transfer has been rumbling on all season. Now it appears that with West Ham having preserved their Premier League status for another year, it will mean that they will benefit from the huge new television deals which will effectively double the television earning of every Premier League club next season.

West Ham has obviously decided that they can use some of that windfall in advance and have agreed the bid in the region of £15m. Carroll has not said yet whether he will accept the move, so it cannot be considered a done deal, but the fact that Liverpool has accepted a substantially reduced offer for the player makes clear their determination to move him on and reduce their wage bill ready for new players next season.