Hammers failed to lure strikers from Chelsea and Arsenal.
West Ham vice-chairman Karen Brady has revealed the club failed in deadline day moves for Chelsea strike pair Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner.
The Hammers were keen to sign another striker before the transfer window closed at 11pm on Monday but were unable to sign Ba and Lukaku from fierce rivals Chelsea.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho blocked an Arsenal move for Ba, who remained at Stamford Bridge, while Lukaku, 20, joined Everton on loan despite being linked with a return to West Brom.
Bendtner also remained at Arsenal but has since admitted the North London club blocked a move away from the Emirates Stadium because they failed to sign a replacement.
“You win some, you lose some and West Ham lose three tonight, transfers, that is,” Brady is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
“On the final day of the window, we miss out on Chelsea strike duo Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku, plus Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner.
“At 8.55pm I am told Lukaku wants to rejoin West Brom and, no matter what we do, his decision is final.
“Then, with 10 minutes to deadline, it’s revealed he is joining Everton.
“Anyway, David Sullivan and Sam Allardyce did their business early, making Andy Carroll our record signing and acquiring several other excellent players.”
West Ham were close to re-signing Carlton Cole but the son of co-chairman David Sullivan has revealed the striker is not fit enough to be handed a contract by boss Sam Allardyce.