Everton 'wanted Demba Ba before securing Romelu Lukaku deal'

Demba Ba of Chelsea runs for the ball during the match between Chelsea and Indonesia All-Stars at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on July 25, 2013
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Everton reportedly attempted to sign Chelsea striker Demba Ba on loan, only to land his teammate Romelu Lukaku instead.

Everton were reportedly interested in taking Chelsea forward Demba Ba on loan before striking a deal with his teammate Romelu Lukaku.

Blues boss Roberto Martinez is said to have contacted Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day to enquire about the Senegalese star's availability, only to be offered the Belgian instead.

"It only came up about three o'clock on the final day. Fortunately, everybody was able to push it through in a hurry," a purported source close to Martinez told The Mirror.

Everton were previously linked with Ba back when he was a West Ham United player, missing out on his signature to Newcastle United.

Lukaku has scored eight times in 12 appearances for Everton this term, and has hinted that he could remain at the club beyond his season-long loan.

Roberto Martinez of Everton looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Everton at Carrow Road on August 17, 2013
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