West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has told the London Evening Standard the club’s failure to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor on transfer deadline day earlier this week was ‘particularly disappointing’.
A deal for the forward seemed to be close but the BBC reported that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy blocked the deal because he didn’t want to make one of the club’s rivals for the top four stronger.
Allardyce has stressed why the club wanted him and why he wanted to move to West Ham, but the deal never materialised.
“Our failure to sign Emmanuel Adebayor was particularly disappointing. He may divide opinion but he is a player of proven quality and ability,” wrote Allardyce.
“Emmanuel wanted to come here and one of the reasons was that his big mate is Alex Song and when you have a player like Alex at your club, it attracts other good players.”
He would have offered something as a big target man style of player for the club, who could have held the ball up and brought others into the game.
He’d also have gone to West Ham with a point to prove after a difficult spell with Tottenham this season, as he struggled to get games under Mauricio Pochettino.
His relationship with Song, which Allardyce talks about also suggests that he wouldn’t have taken much time to settle in and could have hit the ground running in a West Ham shirt.
Whether West Ham go back and try to do a deal in the summer remains to be seen.