West Ham playmaker Joe Cole has revealed the club are keen to secure the services of Liverpool loanee Andy Carroll permanently.
The England international joined the London club on a season-long deal in August and has flourished since overcoming a series of niggling injuries early into his stay.
Cole and his team-mates now hope to see the 24-year-old, who has scored seven goals in his last 14 appearances, retained beyond the end of the season.
"West Ham definitely want to keep Andy Carroll," Cole told talkSPORT.
"I don't know the ins and outs of the deal but the way he's been playing in the last couple of weeks you can understand why Liverpool paid 35 million for him a couple of years ago.
"I think all the boys want him to stay at West Ham. He's (his own) man, though, and he has his own agenda.
"I don't know what Liverpool are thinking and I'm sure there will be be other clubs in for him. West Ham would like to keep him, he's our top scorer. He's got to do what's right for him, though."
Carroll has scored just 11 goals in 58 appearances for his parent club Liverpool since making the move from Newcastle United in 2011.