The West Ham boss, who has already signed Andy Carroll, is still keen on strengthening his attack at Upton Park.
Allardyce has already spent £22million on signing Carroll and Downing this summer, making a loan deal more likely. But the Hammers believe that Chelsea’s pursuit of either Rooney or Eto’o will push Ba down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
Ba must already compete with Torres and Lukaku for a place in the starting XI, and another addition to the Chelsea attack might lead to the Senegal forward wanting to leave Stamford Bridge.
Allardyce is hoping he can persuade Ba to return to Upton Park, where the 28-year-old started his English career. In his first taste of English football, Ba scored seven goals in 12 Premier League appearances for the Hammers, before leaving for Newcastle.
Ba, who has stated he has no intention to leave Chelsea this summer, could be Sam Allardyce’s sixth summer signing, if the Blues agree to let the forward leave. The Senegalese striker has scored just twice in his 14 league matches for the Blues since his move from St. James’ Park in January.
Allardyce could use new signings Carroll and Downing in West Ham’s first match of the new season, against Cardiff City on Saturday.
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