West Ham transfers: Sam Allardyce expresses interest in Nicolas Anelka
West Ham transfers: Sam Allardyce reveals he would be interested in signing former Bolton Wanderers striker Nicolas Anelka
Sam Allardyce has revealed he would be interested in bringing former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka to West Ham United in the January transfer window.
The France international played under the current Hammers boss for one season at Bolton Wanderers before Allardyce took charge of Newcastle United in 2007.
Anelka, who scored 12 goals for Allardyce at Bolton, is reportedly unsettled at Shanghai Shenhua after moving to China from Chelsea in the summer.
The 33-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Chinese club, but Allardyce would be interested in snapping up the veteran striker – if West Ham could afford a deal.
“It could interest me, of course it could,” he said. “It would be of interest if that is a possibility financially and he wanted to come.
“I have had no conversations with Nicolas’s agent at this time.”
Allardyce also rubbished suggestions Anelka was difficult to work with, insisting the former Real Madrid star was the consummate professional at Bolton.
“He never was like that in his entire time I had him,” he added.
“He was disappointed I left, when he came and played for me I had him at a very, very good time – probably at the height of his career, I would think, because he had matured into a dedicated professional.
“I think he has always been dedicated but he got sidetracked by certain situations through his younger days but he learnt from that, his experience across Europe.”