Hammers have enquired about the availability of Romelu Lukaku next season.
West Ham United have asked Chelsea about the availability of striker Romelu Lukaku next season, according to the Daily Mail.
The Belgian striker has enjoyed a successful season on loan at West Brom this year, scoring 14 goals, three of which came as substitute against Manchester United in the thrilling 5-5 draw on Sunday.
This good form so early on in his Premier League career has alerted the Upton Park club to the 20-year-old’s potential availability.
The Hammers are said to have asked Chelsea about the possibility of a loan move for Lukaku, which could be made permanent in the future.
With Hammers boss Sam Allardyce keen to make the loan move of Andy Carroll a permanent one, the idea of putting another powerful striker to partner him would suit the club’s direct style of football.
Carlton Cole is out of contract this summer, so the move can be seen as a way of filling the Englishman’s shoes, with a younger and more explosive forward.
Swansea have also shown an interest in the former Anderlecht star, although neither would be able to afford Chelsea’s £20m asking price, making a loan the most likely option.