Sam Allardyce: Wilfried Bony could have been a West Ham player

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Sam Allardyce has revealed that Wilfried Bony was a target for West Ham.

Bony moved to the Premier League at the beginning of last season, scoring 16 goals in 34 games for Swansea City.

Links with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur followed his impressive goalscoring form, but the 25-year-old Ivory Coast international remained at the Liberty Ground over the summer, before signing a new contract last month to keep him in Wales until 2018.

Highlighted as one of the reasons for the Swans' success, Bony has continued his impressive form into the current campaign, with six goals in 14 games for the side who sit in seventh place. The Welsh club could move into the top four of the Premier League table this weekend, should they overcome fellow high-fliers West Ham at the Boleyn Ground on Sunday, and Bony will play a vital part in any potential defeat of Sam Allardyce’s men.

However, if circumstances had been slightly different, Bony could have been lining up for the Hammers on Sunday, rather than against them.

In his column for the Standard, Allardyce revealed that the 25-year-old was a target of his when the club were in talks to sign Andy Carroll, with any potential deal for the forward being denied when Carroll completed a loan-switch from Liverpool.

Allardyce said: “Their [Swansea’s] striker, Wilfried Bony, has been in terrific form this season and will need watching carefully.

“He could easily have ended up a West Ham player a couple of seasons ago. We were interested in him but our No1 target remained Andy Carroll.

“If for any reason that deal had fallen through, we would have moved for Bony.”

Had Bony signed for West Ham, it is likely that the situation at the Boleyn Ground would be remarkably different in the current moment. It is unlikely that Allardyce would have needed to strengthen his attacking options over the summer, and the club could be without two of the men who have sent them so high up the Premier League table this season - Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia.

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