West Ham to find out on Wednesday if £40m fee-plus-wages striker bid accepted - report
By Tom Blackburn
West Ham will be given a definitive answer by striker target Carlos Bacca on Wednesday, according to a report.
The Mirror claimed at the end of July that West Ham have 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.
Italian sport outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that West Ham have increased their contract offer for Bacca, and he will give them an answer on Wednesday.
The Hammers have had to be patient with the Colombia international, whose main reservation to agreeing the deal is said to be the club’s absence of Champions League football next season.
On Saturday, Premium Sport, via Football Italia, claimed that Inter hope to bring in Bacca from their rivals if Mauro Icardi leaves the club.
It is said that Napoli are also closely pursuing Icardi, who has also been linked with a move to Arsenal.
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.
Should West Ham agree terms, Bacca will become Slaven Bilic’s eighth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Gokhan Tore, Sofiane Feghouli, Toni Martinez, Havard Nordtveit, Ashley Fletcher, Domingos Quina and most recently Andre Ayew.
In other West Ham transfer news, David Gold reveals the Hammers have signed a player on a three-year deal.