By Dominic Toner
West Ham will not complete a deal for Carlos Bacca as they can’t find a buyer for Diafra Sakho, according to a report.
The Mirror claimed at the end of July that West Ham had increased their bid for AC Milan forward Bacca to £27million and offered him a four-year contract worth £70,000-a-week to make him the club’s third top earner behind Dimitri Payet and Andy Carroll.
But Sky Sports claimed a fortnight ago that West Brom’s £16million move for Sakho, 26, had fallen through because the West Ham striker was not expected to be fit for the start of the season.
The Sun claim that Sakho is now likely to remain with the Hammers which will mean any pursuit of Bacca is over as the club cannot over-reach itself financially.
Bacca, 20, 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.
Sakho looks set to challenge forwards Carroll, Enner Valencia and new loanee Jonathan Calleri who has joined on a season-long loan according to Jack Sullivan, son of West Ham co-owner David Sullivan.
Former Metz man Sakho has been hampered by injuries during his two-year spell with the East London club, in which time he has scored 15 goals in 44 appearances.
With the Hammers earning a place in European qualifiers this season the hectic fixture list could give Sakho more opportunities to feature.
West Ham suffered a disappointing start to their Premier League season on Monday as they lost 2-1 to Chelsea, as Diego Costa scored a late winner at Stamford Bridge.
In other West Ham transfer news, Premier League rivals are eying an audacious move for the club’s 27-year-old star.