Sam Allardyce's Lewandowski regrets
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has sensationally revealed that Robert Lewandowski very nearly joined Blackburn Rovers back in 2010. The Poland striker scored four goals against Real Madrid for Dortmund on Wednesday night.
"It's true," Allardyce said when asked if he had tried to sign Lewandowski. "He was put forward to sign very strongly by our recruitment staff and unfortunately it was one that got knocked back.
"My distant memory isn't that great but I think (former Rovers chairman) John (Williams) and the board said we are not going to commit that amount of money.
"I think they wanted three or four million euros but we were particularly strapped financially at the time at Blackburn. I watched him play. But I didn't get the chance to meet him.
"I think his agent said he couldn't come over because of the ash cloud, yes. He's probably worth 40 million euros after last night."