Latics fall just short in striker pursuit

Owen Coyle in the dugout for the Forest match

Owen Coyle in the dugout for the Forest match

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OWEN Coyle has revealed just how close Latics came to pulling off a major transfer coup before Monday night’s deadline only to be thwarted by rotten luck.

The Latics chief was looking to add a striker to his squad, and had targeted Monaco frontman Emmanuel Riviere.

However, the Frenchman’s quite astonishing start to the campaign put paid to any hopes of bringing him to the DW.

“We did make offers for strikers, because I do think we’re short in that area, but it didn’t happen,” Coyle told the Evening Post.

“There was one in particular, Emmanuel Riviere, who we bid five million euros for a couple of weeks ago.

“But it’s sod’s law that he started the season with five goals in three games which put paid to that.

“He got a hat-trick the other week,but even as late as Sunday there was a chance of it happening because they were chasing a lad at Atletico Madrid.

“We made our offer again, and he was only named on the bench against Marseille.

“I’m watching the game thinking: ‘Fine, just don’t put him on, we’ve still got a chance here.’

“But Falcao turned his ankle at 1-1, Riviere came on, left his two markers for dead and scored the winning goal against the top of the league!

“Claudio Ranieri rightly wants to keep him now, which I totally understand.

“If we could have brought him here it would have been an unbelievable signing for us.

“But we have other targets and we also have the loan market opening next week.”