West Ham hope to build powerful strike force.
West Ham United are hoping to persuade Chelsea to loan them Romelu Lukaku next season as they hope to partner him alongside new signing Andy Carroll, according to The Mirror.
The Hammers agreed a £15.5 million deal to sign Carroll from Liverpool yesterday and they want to partner him with the impressive 20-year-old after he enjoyed a fine season with West Bromwich Albion that saw him bag 17 goals.
However, they will have to move quickly as The Baggies want him back for a second turn whilst Europa League bound Swansea City are also keen to take him on a short term deal.
West Ham’s joint-chairman David Sullivan said: “Lukaku would be a loan again. We’d maybe buy him a year later if Chelsea decide they don’t want him.”
Lukaku said earlier this week that he was in the dark over his future and was unsure as to what Chelsea had in mind for him and any decision would surely have to wait until the new manager was installed and had time to assess his squad properly.
Sullivan also spoke of his delight at being able to capture Andy Carroll on a permanent deal after the England international was linked with a return to Newcastle and couldn’t wait to partner him with the Belgian international.
“He and Romelu would be devastating. The best strike- force outside of the top six or seven.
“Lukaku has been amazing for West Brom this season and I’d hope that he would prefer to live in London.”