Sam Allardyce has been mocked after revealing that he made a swoop to try and sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Everton from under the noses of Arsenal.
Unsurprisingly, Allardyce opted to snub the Toffees in favour of a £57.5m transfer to the Gunners, where he has since scored 60 goals in 95 games.
Allardyce instead completed deals for Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun for a combined £47m and was then sacked having won just 10 of his 26 games in charge.
Whilst under Allardyce's management, Everton were ranked 20th for total shots, 19th for total shots on target, 16th for passing accuracy and 17th for shots faced in the Premier League.
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Aubameyang is thriving under Mikel Arteta's tutelage, but everything could have been different had he taken a punt on a move to Merseyside.
“I tried to buy him at Everton,” Allardyce told talkSPORT. “It was about £60m or £70m I think.
“We were searching for goals after [Romelu] Lukaku went and just wanted to test the waters.
“We spoke through his agent, and we had a shout that he was apparently desperate to get away from Germany and get into the Premier League.
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“So we thought we’d have a dab, but we didn’t get very far to be fair.”
But Gooners were having a hard time believing that Allardyce thought he stood a chance of signing the Gabon international.
"Any player in form and Sam apparently tried to sign them. Who’s he trying to kid??" tweeted one.
"How did he go from nearly signing Aubameyang to signing Tosun? Weapon," blasted another.
A third added, sarcastically: "To think he turned down working with such a visionary…."
Aubameyang's contract is up at the end of next season and Allardyce reckons Arsenal will be forced to cash in on the star.
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"I’d be worried about losing him, really worried," he said. “I don’t know what Arsenal are going to do. They can’t afford to let another one run out his contract with his value.
“He’s got 18 months left on his contract, so if he doesn’t sign a new deal this summer they’ll have to sell him.
“That would be a great shame for Arsenal fans and Arsenal, because what he’s done in goal terms has been absolutely miraculous.
“He is quality. He’s one of the few strikers who loves to run in behind, he doesn’t want to come to feet, he wants balls played down the channel, he gets on the end of it and slots them away.”
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