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Allardyce Laments Lukaku Loss

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

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Sam Allardyce has revealed he missed out on taking Romelu Lukaku to West Ham this summer.

The powerful striker instead moved on a season-long loan to Everton, with West Brom another disappointed suitor.

It means Allardyce is now likely to have to contend with the 20-year-old's fearsome Premier League goalscoring record when the Toffees visit Upton Park on Saturday.

"We chased him all summer to be honest," lamented Allardyce, over a player who is expected to make his Blues debut. "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."

Allardyce also revealed his impressions of how Everton will play under Roberto Martinez, as opposed to previous seasons.

"We'll expect them to play out a little bit more from the back than they did with David [Moyes]," he observed.

"But in general they'll play the same after that. Play out wide, the full backs bomb on and get crosses in for [Nikica] Jelavic and Lukaku."

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