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Big Sam says Hammers missed on Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku ended up with Everton on a season-long loan

By | 19th September 2013
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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce stated that the Hammers were looking to bring Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku to the club throughout the summer but failed to lure the player to Upton Park. Lukaku ended up signing with Everton on a season-long loan and could make his debut for the Toffees when the club travels to London to play the Hammers on Saturday afternoon.

“Yes he was [a target], I chased him all summer to be honest with you,” Allardyce revealed, according to talkSPORT.

“When it became the final day before the deadline we missed out and Everton managed to secure him on a loan deal. We were more or less told that he was going to go back to West Brom but that seemed to change for whatever reason. We tried but we didn’t manage to clinch it.”

Allardyce saying that the club had been after the striker throughout the summer follows the comments earlier this month from West Ham CEO Karren Brady that the club missed on Lukaku, revealing that the Belgian was close to returning to West Brom before signing for Everton just minutes before the close of the summer transfer window. West Ham had already signed Liverpool striker Andy Carroll earlier in the summer after the Englishman spent last season on loan with the Hammers but the club was hoping to add a fourth striker to the mix of Carroll, Mladen Petric, and Modibo Maiga.

West Ham also signed Stewart Downing from Liverpool as the English winger never really found a place at Anfield. Downing, now 28 years old, will try to revitalize his career in London after spending the last two years with the Reds.

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