The Senegalese international joined the Hammers from Hoffenheim in 2011, but only stayed for a short time before completing a switch to Newcastle.
But, in his short spell in East London he made a huge impact and is still held in high regard by the club’s fans.
Allardyce is keen to be reunited with Ba, as he looks to address his side’s attacking woes.
West Ham were held to another goalless draw over the weekend, leaving them with just eight goals to their name after 10 games – the joint third lowest tally in the Premier League.
With Andy Carroll likely to be sidelined for some time ‘Big Sam’ is ready to address his concerns in January, despite having signed free agents Mladen Petric and Carlton Cole in recent months.
Chelsea are believed to be willing to let Ba leave, and Allardyce has admitted that he is ready to delve into the transfer market.
“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,” Allardyce said.
“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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