By Will Butcher
West Ham fans are desperate for manager Slaven Bilic to use the Hammers’ cheque book for the ninth time, after AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca netted a hat-trick on Sunday.
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.
However, Italian outlet Tutto Mercato Web claimed that West Ham ended their attempts to sign Bacca after he decided he wanted to stay in Milan.
The Colombian forward started his campaign for AC Milan on Sunday, and it seems like the decision to stay was a good one after he scored three times to secure a 3-2 victory against Torino.
The Hammers fans weren’t impressed with the news though, after long-term injuries to Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew have left the East London-based side thin on attacking options.
Here are a selection of their tweets.
Bacca is a must or at least two more signings. #WHUFC
— KashQ (@AshKQ) August 21, 2016
Bacca scoring a hat-rick for Milan on the 1st game of the season, Arsenal and West Ham should be looking at him.
— NM (@ffsRooney) August 21, 2016
Milan are lucky Bacca turned down West Ham
— hash (@hashim0307) August 21, 2016
Bacca has just scored a hat trick lol
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) August 21, 2016
Carroll & Ayew injured Sakho don't wanna play Valencia is worse than C.Cole @davidgold please sign Bony Bacca or at least Rashford on loan
— Joe Scott (@joescott6) August 21, 2016
Bacca 1-0…meanwhile, West Ham nowhere near scoring.
— Janusz Michallik (@JanuszMichallik) August 21, 2016
Bacca has scored a hat trick. In other news, West Ham have adopted an Arsenal style of transfer policy.⚒#COYI
— Samuel Cox (@samc1253) August 21, 2016
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 Colombia capped international starred for the Italian giants last season, scoring 20 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions.
In other West Ham transfer news, this Italy international’s father would welcome a move to London.