Romelu Lukaku, Demba Ba and Nicklas Bendtner were both the subject of offers from West Ham on deadline day, the Metro reports.
Sam Allardyce launched a desperate last minute attempt to bring in a forward, after being left with a shortage of attacking options following the injury of Andy Carroll.
However the Hammers failed in all three efforts, with Ba and Bendtner remaining at Chelsea and Arsenal respectively, and Lukaku joining Everton on a season-long loan.
Rumours had been rife in the last few days of the transfer window that West Ham would propose a loan-move for Chelsea's Ba, but it was initially believed that no concrete offer had been made.
A statement from West Ham has now confirmed that the club did indeed try to bring in a striker, with the three aforementioned players the subject of official bids.
The statement reads: 'Despite the board and manager deciding to do their business early on in the window to avoid last-minute panic buys – resulting in the successful signings of Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Razvan Rat and Adrian – joint-chairman David Sullivan and manager Sam Allardyce did spend all night on Monday trying to sign one of three international strikers, but all opted for the lure of European football instead.’
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