SAM ALLARDYCE has revealed he wanted to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang during his time at Everton.
Big Sam spent six months at Goodison Park last season including the January transfer window and considered a move for the former Borussia Dortmund striker.
He was desperate to bring in a goalscorer to boost his side’s chances in the second half of the season but had to settle with Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott for a combined £47million but they managed just eight goals between them.
Aubameyang of course turned down Everton and joined Arsenal instead in a club-record deal worth £60m.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Allardyce, 64, said: “Aubameyang was desperate to come to the Premier League and we didn’t really know if it was definitely a yes [to Everton] or not – but it was probably not.
“The rumours were that he really wanted to come to the Premier League and he was desperate to come.
“Whether that could have happened or not, we never got that far.
“It was always going to be too much money for January, because of what the club spent previous to me arriving.”
Allardyce lasted until the end of the season, leading the Toffees to eighth before parting ways and being replaced by Marco Silva in the Goodison dugout.
By contrast, Aubemeyang has enjoyed life in the Premier League since arriving from the Bundesliga.
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