West Ham boss has admitted he failed to land Romelu Lukaku.
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku was a man in demand this summer.
After an impressive season on loan at West Brom, where the former Anderlecht striker managed 17 goals in 35 games, it is Goodison Park where he finds himself on loan this season.
Roberto Martinez secured the striker’s services on deadline day, despite fierce competition from West Ham United.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Hammers’ manager Sam Allardyce admitted he was hell-bent on adding Lukaku to his squad.
“I chased him all summer to be honest,” he said.
“But when it became the final day of the deadline we missed out and Everton managed to secure his position. We were more or less told he was going back to West Brom. We tried, but didn’t manage to clinch it.”
With Andy Caroll missing through injury, West Ham have struggled for goals, only managing to find the net on one of the four opening games of the season.
Allardyce admitted his side must improve going forward: “We are concerned about it – there is no doubt about that, It’s not the fact that we are not creating chances – our quality of finishing needs to improve. Our defensive side is very good.
After failing to bring in former striker Carlton Cole, the club signed former Fulham striker Mladen Petric, who is expected to debut against Cardiff in the League Cup on September 24th.