Meeting scheduled: West Ham make new push for £130,000-a-week striker - report
By Harvey Byrne
West Ham have revived their interest in AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca, according to a report.
Italian publication Gazza Mercato claim that the Premier League outfit have refocused their attention on the 29-year-old forward.
As reported on Football Insider, the east London club had already tabled a bid for the attacker and the Hammers are planning to lodge another offer for the Colombia international.
The Italian giants have recently been taken over by a Chinese investor and they are keen to sort out Vincenzo Montella’s transfer policy swiftly. As a result they are happy to meet with their Premier League counterparts.
However, Milan do value the striker at £30million and will force West Ham to fork out a large sum for the player.
The former Sevilla striker is thought to have many admirers at the Olympic Stadium and it is understood that Slaven Bilic is very keen to get the move secured.
The 29-year-old has just completed an impressive debut season for Milan, scoring 20 goals from 43 matches in all competitions, including 18 in 38 Serie A games.
Sky Italy claims that Bacca currently earns a salary of £6.5million at Milan, equivalent to £130,000-a-week.
Bacca joined the Serie A giants from Sevilla 12 months ago for a fee of around £22million after his release clause was activated.
The Colombian has also scored 13 goals in 33 appearances for his country since making his debut in 2010, which include two goals in this summer’s Copa America as Colombia finished third.
In other West Ham news, James Tomkins has joined Crystal Palace from West Ham for £10million.