West Ham United boss Sam Alardyce believes it's unlikely the club will sign Chelsea forward Demba Ba after the Blues sent Romelu Lukaku to Everton on loan last summer, reports talkSPORT.
The Hammers, who are in desperate need of a striker, have been heavily linked with a move for the Blues ace, however Alardyce has admitted it's unlikely Jose Mourinho will let the forward leave Stamford Bridge.
Ba previously spent a successful period at West Ham in 2011, however it's now unlikely he will return to the club as Romelu Lukaku is out on a season-long loan.
The West Ham boss told reporters: "I'm not so sure you'll be able to get Demba Ba with Romelu Lukaku on loan at Everton. Jose will want three strikers.
Chelsea currently have Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o as their main competitors alongside Ba to lead the Blues' front line.
And with Chelsea involved in a number of major competitions, Mourinho may well need all of his strikers as the season progresses.
Torres, Ba and Eto'o have all failed to cement themselves as Chelsea's No.1 striker so far in this campaign, while Lukaku has impressed on Merseyside.