West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has revealed how he chased the signature of Romelu Lukaku all summer, but failed after the Chelsea striker completed a deadline day loan move to Everton, reports the Daily Mail.
The 20-year-old Belgium international turned down the opportunity to return to The Hawthorns in favour of taking on a new challenge at Goodison Park, after asking to leave west London again for the rest of the season.
After a lack of regular first-team action at Stamford Bridge in the early part of 2013/14, Lukaku pleaded with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to allow him an opportunity to continue his development away from west London.
Lukaku had no shortage of Premier League suitors, with offers from West Brom, Everton and West Ham.
However, despite Allardyce's long-held interest in the Blues star, the Hammers missed out on the physically imposing frontman, who will now line up against them when Everton arrive at Upton Park this weekend.
"We chased him all summer to be honest," Allardyce confirmed. "When it came to the final day of the deadline we missed out and Everton managed to secure his position for a loan deal.
"We were more or less told he was going back to West Brom but in the midst that changed for whatever reason I don't know. We didn't manage to clinch it."