By Tom Blackburn
AC Milan are desperate to sell Carlos Bacca to enable them to pursue Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado, according to a report.
Italian sports newspaper Gazzetto dello Sport claim Milan cannot afford to sign Cuadrado unless they are able to offload Bacca to another club.
However, Italian outlet Tutto Mercato Web claimed earlier on Thursday that West Ham had ended their attempts to sign Bacca after he decided he wanted to stay in Milan.
It is claimed that Bacca is refusing to sign for West Ham due to the club’s absence of Champions League football next season.
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.
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.
The good news for West Ham is they are no longer desperate for a new striker after the recent arrival of Swansea striker Andre Ayew.
Ayew became Slaven Bilic’s seventh signing of the summer following the arrivals of Gokhan Tore, Sofiane Feghouli, Toni Martinez, Havard Nordtveit, Ashley Fletcher and Domingos Quina.
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