The player has been heavily linked with a move to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.
West Ham United are still in the race to sign Chelsea striker Demba Ba but only have a 50/50 chance of succeeding as the front-man edges closer to a move to Anzhi Makhachkala, Sports Direct News reports.
It is understood that Anzhi are ready to offer Ba huge wages to tempt him to Russia but West Ham manager Sam Allardyce still thinks that there is a chance that he can entice the striker to Upton Park but dependent on your betting strategy we suspect that a move back to Upton Park could be muddied by his previous speedy post relegation exit from the East London club.
Reports suggest that Ba is surplus to requirements at Chelsea having only signed for the Blues in January, with Jose Mourinho looking to sign his own strikers this summer to beef up Chelsea’s squad.
Should the Hammers fail in their attempts to sign Ba, Allardyce will surely step up his attempts to sign another Chelsea striker, Roman Lukakau on loan, who was confirmed as a target for West Ham by co-chairman David Sullivan.
Allardyce is looking to strengthen his attacking options this summer and is looking to partner Ba or Lukakau with new signing Andy Carroll, who joined the Hammers last month on a £15.5 million deal from Liverpool.
It is thought that Liverpool winger Stewart Downing is also a target for West Ham this summer, with Liverpool more than happy to sell the disappointing wide player.