Volcano made an ash of Sam’s Lewandowski swoop

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The former Rovers chief had a £4.5million deal in the pipeline to bring the hotshot to Ewood in summer 2010 — only to see it scuppered by the volcanic ash cloud.

Big Sam saw the Borussia Dortmund superstar — who struck four against Real Madrid in the Champions League this week — as a ‘Polish Ian Rush’.

But plans to show him around were hit by Mother Nature and while Blackburn’s dallied the Bundesliga outfit made their move.

Allardyce said: “Yes, yes, yes! I think about it everytime I see him play.

“There were a lot of people looking at him but we had the edge because of the attraction of the Premier League. He could have used us as a stepping stone — but it didn’t happen.”

A source close to Lewandowski, 24, said: “Big Sam went over to Poland and watched Robert play for Lech Poznan, he was really impressed.

“He nicknamed him ‘Rushie’ because he felt he was like a Polish version of Ian Rush.

“Robert made it clear he was interested because he’s always fancied trying his luck in English football.

“So Sam invited him over, the flights were booked and all parties were hoping a deal could be done. But then because of the ash cloud the flights got cancelled.

“In the meantime Dortmund came in for him really strongly and Blackburn were struggling to get the money together.

“I know that Sam was very disappointed and Blackburn must be kicking themselves.

“Robert was also disappointed at the time but has never looked back — although his ambition to play in England still remains.”

Tottenham also snubbed the chance to bag the striker when club legend Steve Archibald was an agent.

He revealed on Twitter: “Just a note of interest for Spurs fans, I offered Lewandowski to Spurs when he was still playing in Poland, for less than 5m, pity!”

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