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Arsenal and Chelsea players were almost Hammers

West Ham missed out on Lukaku, Ba, and Bendtner

By | 7th September 2013
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West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady revealed to reporters that the Hammers missed out on signing Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner and Chelsea pair Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba. West Ham already brought Andy Carroll to London to play for the Hammers but narrowly missed out on adding firepower to a side that finished tenth last year.

“You win some, you lose some and West Ham lose three tonight, transfers, that is,” Brady said, according to the Daily Star.

“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.”

Although all three players were linked with possible exits or loans from their clubs, only Lukaku ended up moving as Chelsea sent him to Goodison Park to play for Everton on a season-long loan. There was speculation that both Ba and Lukaku would leave on deadline day as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho signed striker Samuel Eto’o to a one year contract but Ba remained with the side, leaving Chelsea with Eto’o, Ba, and Torres up front.

It was no secret that Arsenal striker Bendtner was looking to leave the club after spending the last two seasons on loan with Sunderland and Juventus. The Dane was unwilling to take a dip in salary, however, forcing clubs to withdraw their attention.

Carton Cole continues to train with West Ham after leaving the club last season as he works to regain his fitness and potentially a new contract after failing a medical last week.

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