Sam Allardyce unsure of Andy Carroll's future

Andy Carroll is congratulated by team mate Matt Jarvis after scoring his second against West Brom on March 30, 2013
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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce says he is not sure if Andy Carroll's loan deal can be made permanent.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has reiterated his uncertainty of Andy Carroll's future with the club.

The striker is on loan from Liverpool and while Allardyce admits that he would like to keep their joint topscorer beyond the end of the campaign, he is not sure if the deal can be made permanent.

"I'm not absolutely certain yet [whether we can afford Carroll] because our budgets haven't been set yet, but it can be a deciding factor in terms of where we go and what we want to bring in next year," Allardyce told reporters after last night's 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

"The implications of Financial Fair Play will take its toll, and that might be a case where it takes its toll. It makes our lives a little bit more difficult, but I can understand everybody wants a bit more financial stability. I can understand that but it doesn't make my life any easier."

Meanwhile, Carroll admitted that he is enjoying his time with the Hammers but is also unsure as to where his future lies after this season.

"I've loved every minute the lads have been great. There are still a few games left [but] I've got to wait and see what happens," the England international told Sky Sports News.

Carroll was signed by Liverpool for £35m in January 2011.

Andy Carroll is congratulated by team mate Matt Jarvis after scoring his second against West Brom on March 30, 2013
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