West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed he attempted to sign Manchester United target Robin Lewandowski when he was still in charge at Blackburn, but the Polish striker joined Borussia Dortmund.
Lewandowski has established himself as one of the finest forwards in Europe since his transfer to Dortmund, and the 24-year-old highlighted his credentials this week with a stunning quadruple in the 4-1 thrashing of Real Madrid.
Lewandowski could, however, already be plying his trade in English football after Allardyce corroborated claims Blackburn had attempted to secure the signature of the player in the summer transfer window of 2010.
Allardyce says Blackburn had been monitoring Lewandowski prior to his transfer to Borussa Dortmund, but Rovers could not afford to bring him to Ewood Park.
"It's true. He was put forward to sign very strongly by our recruitment staff and unfortunately it was one that got knocked back," Allardyce told a press conference.
"My distant memory isn't that great but I think John [Williams, the ex-Blackburn chairman] 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 40million euros now."