By Amir Mir
West Ham will approach Fiorentina for striker Khouma Babacar if they are unable to sign Carlos Bacca, according to a report.
Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his own website that West Ham will turn their attention to Babacar if a deal for Bacca falls through as the club step up their search for a consistent goalscorer.
Babacar, who has three years left on his Fiorentina contract, scored seven goals in 2015-16 as he struggled to beat off completion by fellow teammate Nikola Kalinic.
This has opened the door for West Ham to take the pacy 23-year-old to the Olympic stadium.
The Hammers have made it clear that they are in the market for a new striker with the likes of Bacca, Alexandre Lacazette, Christian Benteke and Michy Batshuayi strongly linked with a move to east London.
Slaven Bilic’s side enjoyed a successful final season at the Boleyn last term by scoring 65 goals and finishing in a Europa League place.
But Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia only managed 18 goals between them as the forwards struggled to cement their place in an attacking side.
Target man Carroll has had his fair share of injury problems, Sakho recently handed in a transfer request after being disgruntled with game time and questions surround the future of Valencia.