Tony Cottee: 'Andy Carroll signing a big statement'

Cottee: 'Carroll signing a big statement'
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Former West Ham United striker Tony Cottee believes that the signing of Andy Carroll is a "massive statement of intent" by the club ahead of the new season.

Former West Ham United striker Tony Cottee has described the signing of Andy Carroll as a "massive statement of intent" by the club.

The 24-year-old England international arrived at Upton Park from Liverpool last week in a deal thought to be worth around £15m.

"We saw some real quality glimpses from Andy last season and we can now look forward to him starting the season as a permanent West Ham player," Cottee told the Hammers' official website. "It's a big signing for the club.

"It's a massive statement of intent from the board and they need congratulating for bringing a player of Andy's standing to the club."

Carroll has signed a six-year deal with West Ham.

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