Selling club line up replacement as West Ham close in on £26m deal - report
By Tom Blackburn
AC Milan are targeting Carpi striker Kevin Lasagna as a replacement for West Ham-bound Carlos Bacca, according to a report.
Football Insider reported on Monday that West Ham would meet with Bacca’s representatives this week to discuss personal terms over a club-record move.
The Hammers are in advanced talks to sign the striker for £26million in a deal that would annihilate their club transfer record.
Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Milan will replace Bacca with £5million-rated Italian Lasagna, who scored five times in 36 Serie A appearances last season.
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, David Gold has recommended Sam Allardyce for top job just a year after rejecting him.