Sam Allardyce will make a renewed bid for Chelsea striker Demba Ba in January after seeing his side fire blanks yet again.

The East Londoners, who used a 4-6-0 formation again, ended a run of three home League defeats.

But they have now failed to score in six of their 10 Premier League games this season and the lack of a cutting edge is costing them points.

It will be at least another month before Andy Carroll is back in training. Even then he will need time to regain match fitness.

The Hammers failed with Deadline Day loan moves for Ba, his Chelsea team-mate Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal misfit Nicklas Bendtner.

They were forced to re-sign old boy Carlton Cole and Croatian Mladen Petric – released by Fulham last season – on short-term deals.

Allardyce, also keen on Heerenveen’s Alfred Finnbogason and Benfica’s Oscar Cardozo, has admitted only an eye-catching turnaround in form from Cole and Petric will stop him going into the market in January.

He said: “We tried to get three top loan strikers who play in this country but we failed to get all three. They went elsewhere and played for another club and one stayed where he was.

“We will have to try again depending how Carlton and Mladen go before the end of January. If they come good and Andy gets back there will be no need for another striker.”

The toothless Hammers go to Norwich next week with the Canaries – despite Saturday’s mauling at Manchester City – able to leapfrog them if they win.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has similar problems with his side having gone 375 minutes without a Premier League goal.