Sam Allardyce explains why West Ham did not sign El Hadji Diouf

West Ham United did not sign El Hadji Diouf due to fan power, says Sam Allardyce.

Sam Allardyce has revealed on Sky Sports’ Fantasy Football Club that West Ham United did not sign El Hadji Diouf because of fan power.

Allardyce worked with the former Liverpool and Sunderland attacker at Bolton Wanderers and wanted to recruit him for the Hammers when the London club were in the Championship.

However, the West Ham fans did not want the club to sign the Senegalese striker, according to the Englishman.

“I had a little bit of problem myself when I was thinking of signing one of my ex-players who had done fantastic well for me, El Hadji Diouf, as we were short of goals in the Championship,” Allardyce said on Sky Sports’ Fantasy Football Club.

“But for some reason at some occasion, Diouf had done something at Upton Park and the fans made themselves heard.”

Joey Barton situation

Just last week, West Ham fans made sure that the club do not sign former Newcastle United and Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton.

According to BBC Sport, a deal to sign the Englishman on a free transfer fell through due to protests from the Hammers supporters.

Barton is a free agent at the moment, having left Queens Park Rangers at the end of the 2014-15 campaign following their relegation from the Premier League to the Championship.

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