West Ham star Andy Carroll is being sued for almost £200,000 over claims that he wrecked his luxury former home.
The 24-year-old striker is said to have left drinks stains on chairs and the ceiling, removed expensive hi-fi equipment and furniture – including treadmills, sofas and a grandfather clock – and caused the 12-metre swimming pool to be infested with algae.
Other damaged items allegedly include a barbecue, a garden lounger and an air hockey table.
Landlords Jeff and Dawn Grant also claim that Carroll owes £68,000 in unpaid rent for the five-bed mansion (pictured below) in Blundellsands, Merseyside.
Carroll lived at the house – in an area popular with Premier League stars – while at former club Liverpool.
Court papers served this week revealed he is being sued for £75,000 for the ‘unlawful removal of furniture” and £48,000 for the ‘clean-up and repair operation’.
Including the rent, that’s a total of £191,000.
Among the areas of the £2m mansion worst affected are said to be the marble-tiled dining room, which leads on to the pool complex and Jacuzzi and contained a considerable amount of antique furniture.
It’s claimed that chairs needed to be re-upholstered and mirrors replaced, while smashed glass was found in the swimming pool area.
Carroll’s solicitor Glinert Davis has yet to comment but it is believed he is fighting the claims.
It’s understood Carroll will claim he removed items from the house and placed them in storage in order to protect his £15,000 deposit, which he wants returned.
He and the Grants are thought to have agreed a two-year tenancy, during which Carroll was sent to West Ham on loan, before completing a permanent move to the London club after the tenancy expired in May.
Leanne Wheeler, senior solicitor at Manleys, the Chester-based firm acting for the landlords, said: ‘The papers have been served with him, so we are waiting for him to admit the claim or defend it.
‘If he does defend it, then we will consider what he says and what the next steps will be from there.
She added: ‘This was a high- spec property, and one of the terms of the tenancy was that it would be returned in the same condition as it was in at the beginning of the agreement.’