Upton Park boss keen on Stamford Bridge teenager.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce will this summer look to persuade Stamford Bridge boss Roberto Di Matteo to allow Belgian international Romelu Lukaku to move to Upton Park on a loan deal for the coming season. The teenage forward barely had a look in last term and is reportedly keen to secure first team football and could be open to a temporary switch to Upton Park.
Allardyce is looking to bring in attacking additions to his West Ham squad and believes a move for Lukaku could prove successful as it would help to hand experience to a player who struggled when handed a rare appearance by the Blues last season.
Lukaku was considered one of the hottest prospects in European football when he made his £13m move from Anderlecht to West London but only managed one Premier League start and a handful of sub roles and is still yet to register his first Chelsea goal.
The powerfully built 18 year old has been linked with loan interest from a number of clubs on the continent but a move to East London would make it easier to keep tabs on the teenager.
Allardyce is keen to bring in a fresh attacking option to a side that currently includes Carlton Cole and a succession of strikers with a lack of Premier League experience, including Ricardo Vaz Te, Nicky Maynard and Sam Baldock.
The West Ham boss will be hoping to persuade Chelsea to agree such a deal by offering to pay the lion’s share of the forward’s wages during a season long loan period.