Liverpool are believed to have the option to recall Andy Carroll in January but West Ham United are hopeful of keeping the England international until the end of the campaign.
The 23-year-old striker last week moved to Upton Park on a season-long loan deal after Brendan Rodgers seemingly decided he did not fit into his plans at Anfield.
But Liverpool's striker crisis, which has come as a result of a failure to sign anyone on transfer deadline, has led to reports they will want Carroll back in the New Year.
It is understood the loan of the £35million January 2011 signing from Newcastle can be cancelled, however, West Ham are optimistic that will not be the case.
West Ham co-chairman David Gold said on Twitter: "The exact terms of Carroll's year-long loan deal are subject to a confidentiality agreement but we are hopeful he will be with us the whole season."
With Carroll, who injured his hamstring on his West Ham debut, gone until at least January and no replacement signed before the transfer deadline passed, Rodgers has been linked with a host of free agents.
Although a move for former Anfield hero Michael Owen now appears to be a non-starter, rumours still persist the likes of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka could return to the Premier League.