Hammers are keen to add more firepower to their attack next season.
West Ham United are thinking about making an audacious loan move for Chelsea front man Demba Ba this summer, according to reports in The Times.
The Senegal international, who played for the Hammers for half a season in 2011, has only been at Stamford Bridge since the turn of the year, when he signed for the west London club from Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee on a three-and-a-half-year deal in the January transfer window.
However, despite the 28-year-old netting six goals in his 22 appearances in all competitions for the Blues this year, including two strikes in his 14 Premier League contests for the club, it is understood that new Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho is happy to let the forward depart the capital when the summer transfer window reopens on July 1.
That does not mean, though, that the East End club will get their man, as the Uefa Europa League holders are said to prefer selling Ba rather than loaning him out next season in order to bring in funds to help Mourinho strengthen in other areas of the team.