By Will Butcher
West Ham are set to re-enter the transfer market for AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca but face Premier League competition, according to a report.
The Daily Mirror claimed in their Sunday paper edition (page 67) that the Hammers are prepared to renew their interest in Bacca, after a £25million deal broke down last summer.
It is believed that both Arsenal and Chelsea are keen on signing Bacca this summer too, as all three London clubs look to bolster their options in the attacking third.
Bacca has continued to find the back of the net with ease for one of the biggest football institutions in Europe, with 14 goals this season for Milan during his 31 league and cup outings.
Milan’s number 70 has also laid on four assists as he continues to prove he is one of the best strikers in Italy’s top tier.
But with Vincenzo Montella’s side currently languishing in sixth place, Colombian striker Bacca could be tempted to jump ship and a move to England’s capital could suit him.
However, with a contract until the summer of 2020, it remains to be seen how much Milan will charge for their star striker come the summer transfer window.
Football Insider verdict:
Slaven Bilic must sign him. It is as simple as that. Andy Carroll, Jonathan Calleri, Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho have managed a combined 14 goals this season; the same amount that Calleri has in Italy’s top tier. All four have also experienced injury problems this season, with Carroll and Sakho sidelined for much of the season and expected to miss the rest of it. Bringing Bacca to the London Stadium will not only provide the Hammers with a proven goalscorer, but it will reinvigorate fans and the rest of the squad. Losing Dimitri Payet to Marseille in January knocked the stuffing out of the east London side, but Bacca could renew that energy, and then some.
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