West Ham are reportedly ready to launch a £15million club record bid for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll.
Carroll, who joined Liverpool from Newcastle at the start of 2011 for a club record £35m, has been linked with a number of clubs in recent days after it emerged that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is ready to offload him this summer.
Former club Newcastle last week had a loan bid for the 23-year-old rejected but are expected to return with an improved offer, while AC Milan, Aston Villa, and Fulham are also thought to be keen.
West Ham confirmed their interest in Carroll earlier this month, and according to BBC Sport, they are ready to table an offer which would see Carroll initially move on loan, with the Hammers given the option to buy him on a permanent deal next summer for more than £15m.
Whether Liverpool would be willing to accept the bid remains to be seen, as it is believed they want at least £20m for the England international and would prefer a straight cash sale rather than an initial loan deal.
And whether Carroll would be open to a move to Upton Park is also uncertain as although he is good friends with former Newcastle team-mate Kevin Nolan, he is said to prefer a move back to Tyneside should it be made clear he has no future at Anfield.
Jack Sullivan, son of West Ham co-owner David Sullivan, on Thursday wrote on his Twitter page: "Dad is working on the biggest signing in the history of the club - twice as big as anything the club have done before!"
West Ham's current transfer record is the £7.5m paid to Liverpool for Craig Bellamy in 2007.
Earlier this week, Liverpool manager Rodgers, after indicating he was ready to sell Carroll, hit out at criticism aimed his way.
"Andy is a terrific young player. I had a brief chat with all the lads and over the next couple of weeks I'll be able to speak to them with more confidence and on a one-to-one basis," said the former Swansea boss.
"There is no doubt he is a terrific talent. There has been a lot of unfair criticism aimed towards Andy.
"He is a player who can play in a number of styles and it was a wee bit unfair on him [for people] to say he couldn't fit into the way I would want to play.
"For me, your game is based on your players, the players you have. I am here to win games. We've got a number of very, very talented players in the group, of which Andy is one."