West Ham made Lukaku approach, confirms Allardyce

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has admitted he tried to take on loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, the Independent has reported, only for Everton to snap up the Belgium international instead.

Lukaku will now line up for the Toffees against the Hammers on Saturday for what will be his Everton debut after he was ineligible to play parent club Chelsea last weekend. Everton recorded a 1-0 victory even without the target man, and West Ham’s injury problems mean Allardyce would love to be able to call on the former Anderlecht striker himself.

Andy Carroll is sidelined with a heel injury and West Ham have not scored since the opening game of the season, a 2-0 home win over Cardiff City, with Allardyce confirming Lukaku was a player he was very keen to bring to Upton Park. “I chased him all summer to be honest,” he said.

But when it became the final day of the deadline we missed out and Everton managed to secure his position,” Allardyce added. “We were more or less told he was going back to West Brom. We tried, but didn’t manage to clinch it.

West Ham have instead signed former Fulham striker Mladen Petric on a free transfer, but Allardyce does not feel the 32-year-old is ready to play yet. Allardyce also said he was worried over his side’s lack of firepower in attack after two goalless draws, with Newcastle and Southampton, and a 1-0 defeat at Stoke.

We are concerned about it – there is no doubt about that,” Allardyce conceded. “It’s not the fact that we are not creating chances – our quality of finishing needs to improve. Our defensive side is very good.

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