Olympique de Marseille has revealed that the club was interested in signing Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku on loan on transfer deadline day.
The Belgian was the subject of a late scramble between Everton and West Brom on Monday before eventually linking up with the Toffees for the rest of the season, with the Ligue 1 side also interested before it secured priority signing, Florian Thauvin from Lille, instead.
Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo told RTBF of Lukaku: "We already have a good striker with [Andre-Pierre] Gignac but there was the possibility of having two.
"Nevertheless, the No. 1 option was to take Thauvin so we stayed on it."
Lukaku scored 17 goals in 35 Premier League appearances for West Brom in 2012-13 and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had indicated a desire to keep him at Stamford Bridge but the signing of Samuel Eto'o on a free transfer saw his opportunities become more limited.
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