By Harvey Byrne
West Ham have stepped up their pursuit of Juventus striker Simone Zaza after being turned down by Carlos Bacca for a second time this summer, according to a report.
Italian publication Gazzetta World claim that the Hammers have now turned their attentions to Italy international Zaza after talks broke down with Bacca.
Jack Sullivan, the son of the Hammers co-owner David Sullivan, claimed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday night that the east London club have agreed a fee with the Italian giants and the Colombia international was to make a decision on whether to make the move by Friday night.
The Gazzetta report has claimed that Bacca has refused to join West Ham and this comes after Milan announced he will not take part in the club’s pre-season tour of the USA, a decision that has reportedly irritated the striker.
With the Italian champions pursuing Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain, it is believed that Zaza will be moved on to generate the funds for the star Argentina international.
The forward infamously missed his penalty against Germany in the Euro 2016 quarter-final. After an unorthodox run up, he blazed the ball over Manuel Neuer’s goal.
But Zaza helped Juventus complete a domestic double last season with the Serie A title and the Italian Cup, although forwards Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata kept his game time limited.
The striker scored eight goals in 24 appearances in all competitions during the 2015-16 campaign.
West Ham are keen to land a new striker before the window is shut and they have been linked with star forwards Alexandre Lacazette, Higuain, Bacca and Zaza this summer.
Slaven Bilic helped his side gain European qualification for this season and it is clear that he wants a new attacking option, with £15million-rated Diafra Sakho a target for a number of Premier League clubs.
In other West Ham news, Southampton are considering a move for Hammers goalkeeper Darren Randolph.