Former Everton manager has claimed that he tried to buy prolific Arsenal striker

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Former Everton boss Sam Allardyce has claimed that he tried to buy prolific Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during his time with the Blues.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal beat Carlo Ancelotti’s side 3-2 at The Emirates yesterday, taking his Premier League tally to 17 this campaign.

Speaking to host Alan Brazil on TalkSport’s The Sports Breakfast, Sam Allardyce said that he looked to the Gabon international forward, who was then at Borussia Dortmund, to bolster his attacking options.

He said: “I tried to buy him [Aubameyang] at Everton.

“It was about 60 or 70 million, I think, but I don’t think we could go that far at the time, but we were searching for goals since [Romelu] Lukaku went.”

After scoring 98 goals in 144 Bundesliga matches for Borussia Dortmund, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang became one of the most sought-after strikers in Europe, but Allardyce admitted that the apparent interest did not get as far as he would have hoped.

“We only spoke through his agent,” he said.

“He was that desperate to get away from Germany and get into the Premier League, but we didn’t get very far to be fair.”