Former West Ham boss Harry Redknapp has revealed how he was almost blocked from signing Paolo di Canio.
Di Canio became a Hammers legend in his five years at the club after joining from Sheffield Wednesday.
But Redknapp had to twist the arm of chairman Terry Brown.
Speaking on a Sky Sports show celebrating Di Canio's career, then-boss Redknapp said: "The chairman was very ante with me bringing Paolo in at the time.
"And I loved working with him, he was a pleasure to have around.
"He was a fantastic footballer. Every day was a challenge with him, it was great.
"He was a special player. He could win a game on his own with a piece of magic."