Both Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba were on Allardyce’s radar.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has revealed he tried to sign both Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba from rivals Chelsea this summer.
Allardyce and Hammers vice chairman Karen Brady have both previously admitted an interest in Lukaku, 20, who joined Everton on deadline day, but Allardyce has revealed the Belgian was one of several options he considered.
Writing in The Evening Standard, Allardyce revealed: “Just to confirm something, we did try very hard to get another striker in on loan during the window.”
“Jermain Defoe, Loic Remy, Romelu Lukaku, Demba Ba, two players from Juventus and Austrian international Marko Arnautovic, who joined Stoke, were all on our radar at one stage or another but for varying reasons, none of them came.”
Despite deadline day interest from Arsenal, Ba remained at Chelsea, while Remy joined Newcastle on loan from QPR; Defoe remains a Tottenham player.
Fabio Quagilarella was most likely one of the strikers from Juventus.