Carroll looks set to move to West Ham from Liverpool and Man United could break record with Bale bid

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THE transfer saga of Andy Carroll could be finished within days.

Reports in the Evening Standard say that West Ham hope to complete the permanent signing of the £15.5m striker from Liverpool as early as next week.

The 24-year-old had been believed to have been hoping for a move back to former club Newcastle United.

The other major transfer story of the day involves Manchester United and Gareth Bale.

David Moyes is ready to spend a world-record £85m to land the double Footballer of the Year award winner, according to the Sun

And the Daily Star say Moyes is refusing to give up in his pursuit of £40m-rated Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 26.

Other transfer stories:

Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to the Premier League is a step closer after the 27-year-old Real Madrid forward dismissed reports that he had signed a new contract with Real Madrid. Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has told midfielder Scott Parker, 32, and striker Jermain Defoe, 30, that they are among 10 players who can leave this summer. Full story: Metro

Anzhi Makhachkala midfielder Odil Ahmedov, 25, claims he is wanted by Arsenal. Full story: talkSPORT

Swansea are tracking Espanyol defender Jordi Amat, 21, as club captain Ashley Williams is poised to leave the Liberty Stadium. Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has moved a step closer to signing Vitesse Arnhem’s 20-year-old midfielder Marco van Ginkel after rivals Ajax admitted they could not compete with the Londoners. Full story: Daily Mirror

Schalke’s German playmaker Julian Draxler, 19, has issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to Chelsea and Manchester United after admitting it would be hard to turn down a move to either club. Full story: Metro

Goalkeeper David Stockdale, 27, insists his future lies at Fulham despite interest from West Ham. Full story: talkSPORT

Midfielder Stephen Ireland, 26, has been told he is free to leave Aston Villa as manager Paul Lambert bids to slash the club’s wage bill. Full story: Daily Telegraph

Stoke chairman Peter Coates has told manager Mark Hughes he will not be restricted to bringing in young players. Full story: Stoke Sentinel

West Brom hope to reach a deal with midfielder Zoltan Gera, 34, over a contract extension. The Hungarian will become a free agent this summer but could yet stay at The Hawthorns. Full story: Sky Sports