West Ham co-owner David Gold admits his club would be interested in signing Andy Carroll if Liverpool are willing to off-load the England striker.
Gold was responding to reports that West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is ready to make an approach for Carroll following Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' admission that he might be willing to let the former Newcastle star go out on loan next season.
Rodgers is uncertain if Carroll will fit into the smooth passing style he plans to introduce at Anfield, but Allardyce's more direct tactics would be a perfect fit for the burly targetman, who is a close friend of West Ham captain Kevin Nolan.
Gold insisted there have been no talks with Liverpool yet, but he refused to play down talk of a move for the 23-year-old as the newly promoted east London outfit look to strengthen for their first season back in the Premier League.
"I am not aware of any talks between ourselves or Liverpool over Andy Carroll," Gold told BBC Sport.
"But that's not to say we don't have an interest should he become available."
Carroll has scored just 11 goals in 56 appearances for Liverpool since his club record £35 million transfer from Newcastle in January 2011.
He did finish last season strongly, scoring in the FA Cup final and semi-final, and also netted in England's Euro 2012 win over Sweden.