Allardyce admits he wanted Wickham


Sam Allardyce has admitted he wanted to sign Connor Wickham for West Ham, but failed to force through a deal.

He said: “I don’t mind admitting I wanted Connor Wickham from Sunderland. He was under performing for them, but I felt we would play to his strengths and he would get us goals and assists the way Kevin Davies did for Bolton.

“Sunderland wouldn’t play ball though, despite us being encouraged to go for it by his agent who was sure they would let him leave for £8million. It turned out that wasn’t the case.

Ironically, Wickham was sold by Sunderland over the summer, as the forward is now playing for Crystal Palace.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • hammer8909 says:

    If BS got his own way we’d have had Carroll and Wickham. If the chairmen got their way we’d have Bony and Sakho! Thank god they stepped in so we at least secured Sakho!

  • Alan 'appy 'ammer says:

    8m for Connor Wickham.Exactly the sort of big lump,average player Hippo likes.Geezer is a comedian!

  • bubs says:

    That’s just about Hippo,s limit and all the fans at Sunderland have to look forward to,
    Lucky Wickham got out before Hippo retires DeFoe,

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