West Ham chief admits triple failure in transfer market

Demba Ba

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has claimed that the Hammers tried to sign three Premier League strikers on deadline day but failed with each move, as reported by Sky Sports.

Boss Sam Allardyce was working tirelessly with owners David Gold and David Sullivan to add the much needed striker to the West Ham squad in the final few hours of the transfer window.

Chelsea pair Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba were the main targets along with Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner, with loan moves for all three falling through.

West Ham were told that Lukaku would only join West Brom, despite him going on to sign for Everton, and that Ba and Bendtner would not be allowed to leave on loan.

The East Enders are now left with Modibo Maiga as their only first team fit striker until Andy Carroll returns from injury.

“You win some, you lose some and West Ham lose three tonight – transfers, that is,” Brady wrote in her weekly newspaper column.

“On the final day of the window, we miss out on Chelsea strike duo Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku, plus Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner.

“At 8.55pm I am told Lukaku wants to rejoin West Brom and, no matter what we do, his decision is final.

“Then, with 10 minutes to deadline, it’s revealed he is joining Everton.

“Anyway, David Sullivan and Sam Allardyce did their business early – making Andy Carroll our record signing and acquiring several other excellent players.”

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