West Ham have agreed a £25.6million deal to sign AC Milan forward Carlos Bacca, according to reports in Italy.
La Gazzetta dello Sport claim that the two parties have come to an agreement over the Colombian striker’s transfer fee, however the player’s personal terms are believed to be in excess of what the Hammers are prepared to pay.
Italian site Calciomercato.com report the former Sevilla man wants €4million a year or “he’d rather just return to Spain”, which would leave West Ham still searching for the marquee striker signing they are chasing.
Their search has been widespread with Belgium frontman Michy Batshuayi a target before he moved to Chelsea, Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette is seemingly out of reach, Christian Benteke is a reported target and yesterday suggestions the club had turned down the chance to sign former Man Utd striker Robin van Persie were made.
David Gold and David Sullivan have made it clear they are keen to smash their club record fee to land a striker and the 29-year-old Bacca could be the next man in after the arrivals of Sofiane Feghouli, Toni Martinez, Havard Nordtveit and Domingos Quina, while a loan deal for Gokhan Tore is all but done.
New Milan coach Vincenzo Montella is happy to make a small profit on Bacca despite only arriving from Sevilla 12 months ago for a fee of around £22million and will look to inject some youth into his squad.
“There was an offer last week from West Ham which was rejected so we must wait,” the Colombian’s agent, Sergio Barila, told the Guardian.