first_imgFormer Everton boss Sam Allardyce revealed his interest in signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last yearFollowing Romelu Lukaku’s £75m exit to Manchester United in the summer of 2017, Everton struggled greatly for goals without their star forward.By time Allardyce arrived in November at Goodison Park, Everton were languishing down in 13th after firing manager Ronald Koeman for their poor start to the season.And, in light of Aubameyang’s desperation to leave Borussia Dortmund for a move to the Premier League, Allardyce had his eyes set on a stunning capture for the Toffees to solve their scoring problems.However, it soon became clear to Allardyce and Everton that a January scoop for Aubameyang was unlikely due to his big price tag.The Gabon international eventually did seal his transfer to England with Arsenal after the Gunners agreed to fork out a club record £56m.“Aubameyang was desperate to come to the Premier League and we didn’t really know if it was definitely a yes [to Everton] or not – but it was probably not,” Allardyce told talkSPORT.“The rumours were that he really wanted to come to the Premier League and he was desperate to come. Whether that could have happened or not, we never got that far.“It was always going to be too much money for January, because of what the club spent previous to me arriving.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Allardyce was later sacked from Everton at the end of last season to make way for the incoming Marco Silva, despite leading them to a respectable eighth-place finish in the league.Meanwhile, Aubameyang has proven to be a big hit in English football with a stunning 24 goals and seven assists in 36 Premier League appearances for Arsenal.The 29-year-old is currently the league’s second-highest scorer behind Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah on 14 goals this term as Arsenal bid to return to the top-four after a two-season absence.”We knew he was desperate to come to the Premier League.””It was too much money because of how much had been spent before I arrived.”Sam Allardyce reveals he wanted to bring @Aubameyang7 to #Everton before #Arsenal signed him. pic.twitter.com/sctsrdKScx— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 22, 2019last_img

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