West Ham reported £27m striker target confirms where he'll be playing next season
By Harvey Byrne
West Ham target Carlos Bacca has confirmed that he’ll be staying at AC Milan 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.
However, the Colombia international quashed those rumours on Thursday and has confirmed his decision to stay at the San Siro.
“So many things have been said,” said Bacca to the official AC Milan website.
“There were some teams that wanted to sign me, but in the end I have decided to stay and I am happy with my decision.
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“Now I just want to work to be ready for the kick-off of the season.”
Bacca, 29, joined AC Milan from Sevilla last summer for a fee of £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.
Although the Hammers are keen to bring in a striker, their squad still holds Andy Carroll, Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho, Andre Ayew (currently injured) and Ashley Fletcher, and they may have to move on one of Sakho or Valencia to bring in another forward player.
The Hammers have struggled to find the net after their qualifying games against NK Domzale, which saw them win 4-2 on aggregate.
Proceeding the clash against the Slovenia side, they have lost 2-1 against Chelsea and also suffered a disappointing 1-1 draw against Astra on Thursday evening.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers want to bring Wilfried Bony in on loan.