Demba Ba wanted by London duo.
West Ham are set to challenge Arsenal for the signature of £7m-rated Chelsea striker Demba Ba, reports the Daily Mirror.
Ba, 28, spent six months at Upton Park from January 2011, scoring seven goals in 12 Premier League matches.
But the Senagelese could not prevent the Hammers’ relegation and joined Newcastle for £7m, before arriving at Stamford Bridge for the same fee this January.
West Ham and Arsenal attempted to sign Ba on loan on August transfer deadline and the London pair are both in need of a striker in the New Year.
Sam Allardyce once again chose a 4-6-0 formation to face Aston Villa at the weekend, with Andy Carroll still injured and the club’s back-ups unfit or untrusted.
“We tried to get three top loan strikers who play in this country but we failed to get all three. They went elsewhere and played for another club and one stayed where he was,” Hammers boss Alladyce said recently.
“We will have to try again depending how Carlton [Cole] and Mladen [Petric] go before the end of January. If they come good and Andy [Carroll] gets back there will be no need for another striker.”
Ba has struggled since joining Chelsea, scoring just twice in 16 league appearances.
The player is currently behind both Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o in the pecking order in West London.