Paul Lambert has revealed he tried to take Romelu Lukaku to Aston Villa last summer.
Following his appointment as Villa boss in June 2012, the Scot enquired to Chelsea about the possibility of signing the striker.
Lukaku instead joined West Bromwich Albion on loan and Villa recruited the 20-year-old’s Belgium teammate Christian Benteke from Genk for £7million.
“I remember when I first came in here I spoke to Chelsea about Lukaku before we saw Christian,” Lambert said. “I knew about him and this club needed somebody to be that type of player.
“Obviously we couldn’t afford that at that time and Christian came in. The rest is history, as they say. They’re totally different players but the two of them are a threat.”
Lambert admits that even if he had landed Lukaku, he would still have continued his pursuit of Benteke.
He added: “I would have tried to get Christian as well, probably. What would they have been like together? You really don’t know, but they’re two powerful lads.”
Meanwhile, Everton travel to Villa Park this weekend looking to inflict a fifth home defeat of the season on the Midlands outfit.
Liverpool, Newcastle and Tottenham, twice, have all emerged victors from trips to the second city so far this term.
And Lambert confesses his side once again face a difficult task on Saturday against a Toffees side that has recouped 12 points from the last 15 available.
"I know this will be a hard game as Everton have been going well,” said the 44-year-old. "They have a different way of playing now. It was probably a good club to go into at that time but Roberto has done well."
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