Premier League goal machine almost joined West Ham for just £8m, reveals co-chairman

Wilfried Bony

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan revealed how he wanted to sign Wilfried Bony for just £8m instead of Andy Carroll.

West Ham United saw off Swansea City in December, winning 3-1 - but the game was billed as the clash between Andy Carroll and Wilfried Bony.

Hours before the game, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce admitted that, back in 2013, he chose to sign Andy Carroll from Liverpool rather than bring in Wilfried Bony.

"We signed Andy Carroll and it was one or the other," said Allardyce. "It couldn't be both and we ended up getting a deal done with Andy so our interest (in Bony) ended because we couldn't do both. We didn't have enough money in the budget that year. We spent big money on Andy and the rest had to be proportioned out for the considerable amount of other players we needed at the time."

Many said that Allardyce got it wrong by choosing Carroll, but he responded by scoring twice to defeat the Swans, shortly after Bony had given Swansea the lead.

Now, the story has taken another turn, as West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has revealed that he would have signed Bony instead, suggesting that he had agreed a deal with Vitesse Arnhem to sign the prolific Ivorian on terms for half of what the Hammers paid for Carroll, who is reportedly earning around £90,000-per-week.

"I would have bought Wilfried Bony - £8million and 40 grand a week," Sullivan told Telegraph Sport. "Swansea paid £12m. I had him bought for £8m."

Bony has hit nine goals in just 20 appearances this season, and has triggered interest from Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham as a result - and with a £30m price tag, maybe West Ham are wondering what could've been.

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