Sunday, March 12, 2006

We Could Have Signed Drogba and Mpenza

Former West Ham scout Paul Montgomery claims that after West Ham finished seventh in the league Glenn Roeder lined up a number of transfers but was told by the board there was no money.

"For example, we had Didier Drogba for only £1.2m And Chelsea topped £20m to get him. Think of that. We also had his mate Maluda for almost £1m - he's now Lyon's top man and is worth £8m. Another was Emile Mpenza, who is now at Hamburg. He would have cost us £1m. Add Manziz, a Turkish international striker who was on a free transfer, and the bright young talent already there and West Ham would have had a Champions League team."


At 10:55 PM, Blogger whubris said...

I'm glad we didn't buy Dogbreath at any price!

Where did you read this one?

At 6:59 PM, Blogger ed said...

Sorry whubris can't remember where I got this story. That was my thought about Drogba at first, but if I remember correctly Montgomery claimed that because of injuries Rodent had to play Defoe up front with Ian Pearce as a make shift striker. He claimed that Defoe was therefore too isolated and with Drogba up front with him West Ham would never have been relegated. There might be some truth in that. PS recognise the name - you from the Hammers Mad board?


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