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Former Chelsea midfielder Alan Hudson has claimed that he played a huge role in helping Chelsea to sign Frank Lampard back in 2001.
Having progressed from the West Ham academy, Lampard was making waves in the Hammers team and was set for his next big move. The young midfielder was leaving West Ham, and Leeds were close to signing him. However, Hudson has revealed how he talked to Lampard’s father and convinced him that Lampard would be better off at Chelsea.
The rest now is history as Leeds dropped from the Premier League a few years later and Lampard went on to win the Premier League around the same time.
“I’m the reason he signed for Chelsea,” Hudson said in an interview to The Times.
“His dad [Frank Lampard Sr, the West Ham legend] rang me and said he was going to Leeds. I wouldn’t say I talked him out of it but I told him my view.”
Interestingly, ESPN have released a ranking of the top 100 Premier League transfers of all time, and the transfer of Frank Lampard that saw him move from West Ham to Chelsea in 2001 is ranked as second.