West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has spoken of failing to sign Samuel Eto'o for Bolton Wanderers.

Big Sam tried to land the Barcelona legend early in his career.

Allardyce told Sky Sports: "He was at Mallorca and I had to try and convince the chairman at the time that the eight million euros would have been the best eight million euros he'd ever spent and this player would be worth 20 to 25 million in the future.

"The thing was, we could have got him to come to England and at that particular time he would have been a bit of a capture."