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West Ham Step Up Pursuit Of £7m Rated Chelsea Star

Hammers look to increase goal threat.

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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce will step up his pursuit to sign Chelsea striker Demba Ba after failing to hit the back of the net at home again against Aston Villa at the weekend, the Daily Mirror reports.

The Hammers ended a run of three straight home defeats in the goalless draw with the Midlands side, but Allardyce was once again forced to deploy the oft-maligned 4-6-0 formation in order to shut Paul Lambert’s men out.

The east Londoners have failed to score in six of their ten Premier League games this season and their lack of firepower is now becoming a real worry for the club’s hierarchy.

And because of their impotency in front of goal and Andy Carroll still a month away from a return to fitness, Allardyce will return with a renewed effort for Ba when the January transfer window opens.

West Ham made a summer deadline day loan offer for Ba, as well as moves for his teammate Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner, but to no avail.

Allardyce is also keen on Heerenveen’s Alfred Finnbogason and Benfica’s Oscar Cardozo, and has admitted only an eye-catching turnaround in form from Carlton Cole and Mladen Petric, who were both signed on short term deals, will stop him going into the market in January.

He said: “We tried to get three top loan strikers who play in this country but we failed to get all three. They went elsewhere and played for another club and one stayed where he was.

“We will have to try again depending how Carlton and Mladen go before the end of January. If they come good and Andy gets back there will be no need for another striker.”

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