West Ham boss Sam Allardyce refutes David Sullivan claims on Wilfried Bony and Andy Carroll

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

The West Ham manager claims it was a joint decision to sign Andy Carroll over Wilfried Bony

Sam Allardyce has refuted West Ham owner David Sullivan’s claims that he alone decided to sign Andy Carroll over Wilfried Bony in his column for the Evening Standard. 

The Hammers boss recently admitted that the club could have signed the 26-year-old for £8 million before he joined current side Swansea City.

Instead, the club signed Andy Carroll from Liverpool in a deal that cost around £15 million. That deal has since turned sour, with Carroll’s time at West Ham having been blighted by injury. However, Allardyce has refuted claims by David Sullivan that it was his decision alone to sign the former Newcastle United striker.

“Bony is a player who could have come to us a couple of seasons back,' said Allardyce. "David Sullivan has said recently that he could have signed him for £8m but that I wanted Andy Carroll. My recollection was that, yes, we knew about Bony but we all agreed to go for Carroll — with the caveat that if the deal didn’t work out for any reason, we would switch to Bony."

The Ivory coast international now looks set to join Manchester City in a £30 million deal, highlighting further the mistake West Ham made in not signing him when he was available for a much lower price.

The striker was the Premier League’s top goalscorer in 2014, bagging 20 goals across the calendar year, but Allardyce insists he has no regrets over missing out on his signature.

“Whatever anyone says now, at the time a bid for Bony, unproven in English football, would have represented a bigger risk than Andy, an established Premier League player,” he said.

“The likelihood of achieving success, had we signed Bony, was far less than with Carroll. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but, at the time, we were looking at these two possibilities.”

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