Liverpool striker Andy Caroll joins West Ham on a season-long loan

Liverpool outcast Andy Carroll made a dramatic dash to Essex on Thursday night to agree a season-long loan move to West Ham.

Britain's most expensive footballer flew to the Hammers’ training ground at Chadwell Heath by helicopter from Merseyside to complete a sensational swoop by the Londoners.

His new club were keen to ensure the England striker, 23, is registered before noon on Friday, which will enable him to line up against Fulham on Saturday lunchtime.

West Ham will pay a £1.5million loan fee to Liverpool as well as paying the former Newcastle man’s £80,000-per-week wages.

The Hammers will sign Carroll for £18m on a permanent transfer next summer if they avoid relegation.

Carroll’s move to Upton Park ends one of the longest-running transfer sagas of the summer just hours before the transfer window shuts at 11pm on Friday night.