By Harvey Byrne
West Ham will meet with Carlos Bacca’s representatives this week to discuss personal terms over a club-record move, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim that the Hammers have activated the £26million release clause in the forward’s current contract at AC Milan and will now attempt to persuade him to join the club.
Should terms be agreed, Bacca will become Slaven Bilic’s sixth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Gokhan Tore, Sofiane Feghouli, Toni Martinez, Havard Nordtveit and Domingos Quina.
The Colombia international would also become the most expensive purchase in the east London club’s history, exceeding the £15million spent on the signing of Andy Carroll from Liverpool in 2013.
Bacca started out in his home country of Colombia, where among loan spells he scored 111 goals in six seasons.
He impressed after a move to Club Brugge before transferring to Spanish giants Sevilla, where he won two Europa League titles in two seasons.
Bacca joined Milan from Sevilla 12 months ago for a fee of around £22million after his release clause was activated and is contracted to the Italian giants until 2019.
The 33-time capped international starred for the Italian giants last season where he scored 20 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions.
In other West Ham news, Gohkan Tore says Slaven Bilic made the decision to join the club easy.