West Ham boss: We chose to sign Liverpool star instead of Michu

09:30 12 January 2013

Swansea City's Miguel Michu celebrates scoring his sides first goal. Picture: Stephen Pond/EMPICS

Swansea City's Miguel Michu celebrates scoring his sides first goal. Picture: Stephen Pond/EMPICS


Sam Allardyce regrets not signing Swansea sensation Michu in the summer but says West Ham opted to loan Andy Carroll instead due to his Premier League experience.

Michu has been one of the players of the season so far, hitting 16 goals for Michael Laudrup’s side since his bargain £2million arrival from Rayo Vallecano.

Reports have suggested that West Ham were one of a number of Premier League clubs to snub the Spaniard before he joined Swansea but Allardyce insists he wasn’t high on his list, despite the low price tag.

Allardyce believes Michu’s lack of Premier League experience made him a gamble, unlike former Newcastle striker Carroll.

“I can’t remember our head of recruitment saying ‘come on you must sign this player’,” said Allardyce of Michu. “I wish he had.

“In the end you take your choices, you look at the players you’ve got, the information you have and you make a decision on who you take with the budget you have got.

“Certainly, on the basis of what he cost and what he is costing in wages he would have been within our budget.

“But whether we wanted to take the risk or not was another matter. Clearly when we had a look at it we didn’t want to take the risk.

“More often than not you want somebody with a bit of a Premier League record which, from our point of view, is Andy Carroll, even though it is only short-term.”

Carroll has only once in his injury-hit spell at Upton Park so far but he is expected to be fit to return to action in two weeks.

Explaining how Michu slipped through the net, Allardyce admitted it’s hard to keep track of all the players on the market when the club is inundated with ‘thousands’ of offers from agents.

“I pass everything on to Martin Glover, our head of recruitment, and the chairman gets a whole load thrown at him as well. He passes them on to us.

“At the end of the window Martin will sit down and top up and say we have had thousands of contacts.

“I would think we would touch one thousand by the end of January.

“It’s a really difficult period for us all and we are all glad when it’s over.”

Related articles


Latest Newham Sports News

Edimilson Fernandes excelled as left wing-back for the Hammers as they pipped Sunderland 1-0 on Saturday

Winston Reid

East Londoners boss always feared fitness of visitors would prove decisive at the Terence McMillan Stadium

Essex Olympian League

We have a pair of tickets to give away for Wednesday’s match


Former Burton Albion captain reflects on spirit of the team and how important Alex Cisak’s save at 1-0 was to the final result

Alex Cisak

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport


Show Job Lists


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Read more

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Read more

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now