West Ham Plan Hopeful Move to Sign Chelsea Pair

Upton Park side look to bring in Stamford Bridge duo on loan deals.

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West Ham United are keen on signing both Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba from Chelsea this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

Since Jose Mourinho has taken over as manager of Chelsea this summer, he has been less than clear about his plans for strikers Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba, who are both loan targets for West Ham and West Brom.

Chelsea are still holding onto hopes that they can agree a deal for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani this summer, opening up a potential loan move for either Lukaku or Ba. Lukaku flourished in a loan spell with the Baggies last year, and Steve Clark has major interest in resigning the Belgian forward on loan again this year as they make a bid for potential European football following an 8th place finish last season.

The Hammers spent the bulk of their transfer funds this summer on Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, and hope to retool their current squad through loan signings. While they hold strong interest in Lukaku, he seems to be the striker Mourinho would most like to retain next season, paving the way for Demba Ba’s exit, with Anzhi Makhachkala also keen.

Ba left the Hammers when they were relegated in 2011, joining Newcastle where he impressed hugely during his 18 months there; however, his £7million release clause meant that the bigger clubs were able to snatch him up on the cheap. He has not enjoyed the same form since his move to Chelsea in January, and looks to revitalise his career away from the club.

With only Carroll and Modibo Maiga as striking options, the Hammers are looking at Ba, Lukaku or Vitesse striker Wilfried Bony to make up the numbers. The Hammers have madea bid for the Ivorian, who is growing increasingly frustrated with his parent club for not allowing him to move to the Premier League.

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