Brady: Three targets missed

Vice-chairman Karren Brady says West Ham United missed out on deals to sign Demba Ba, Nicklas Bendtner and Romelu Lukaku on deadline day.

Last Updated: 07/09/13 at 13:27 Post Comment

Demba Ba: West Ham were taking on bringing him back to Upton Park

Demba Ba: West Ham were taking on bringing him back to Upton Park

The Hammers made no secret of their desire to get another frontman on board throughout the summer transfer window.

They were able to wrap up a permanent deal for loan star Andy Carroll, but were left frustrated in their efforts to acquire further firepower.

It was not for the lack of trying, though, with the Hammers having taken their hunt right down to the wire.

They were keen on bringing Ba back to Upton Park for a second spell, were also keen on his Chelsea team-mate Lukaku and expressed an interest in Arsenal's want-away striker Bendtner.

On a busy but frustrating night, Brady wrote in her column in The Sun: "You win some, you lose some and West Ham lose three tonight - transfers, that is.

"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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