West Ham confident of signing AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca – sources
Carlos Bacca was part of the Colombia side that finished third at this summer’s Copa America Centenario.
West Ham are in advanced talks over the signing of AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca, sources close to the Premier League club have told ESPN FC.
However, Bacca’s agent, Sergio Barila, has confirmed to Fantagazzetta that Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in the 29-year-old.
The Colombia international, who joined Milan from Sevilla last year, scored 18 Serie A goals as the Rossoneri finished seventh but Barila said last month that he was open to an exit due to the club’s failure to qualify for Europe.
Barila added that West Ham, who qualified for the Europa League at the third qualifying round after finishing seventh last season, had seen an offer rejected.
Sources have told ESPN FC that West Ham are now in advanced negotiations to sign Bacca and are confident of completing a deal.
Barila has told Fantagazzetta that Atletico and PSG — now managed by former Sevilla boss Unai Emery — have expressed an interest in the striker but said there was interest from elsewhere, without naming West Ham.
“I can only say that these are not the only two clubs that requested information,” he said. “There are other important clubs who have shown interest.”
He added: “He’s already turned down offers from China because those are options you consider in the years to come, not now.”
Bacca is on holiday following the Copa America Centenario, where he helped Colombia to a third-place finish, and Barila said: “When he gets back, we’ll talk to Milan and evaluate the situation.”
West Ham, whose efforts to sign Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette now look to have failed, have already brought in Havard Nordtveit and Sofiane Feghouli as they prepare for their first season at the Olympic Stadium.
ESPN FC’s Italy correspondent, Ben Gladwell, contributed to this report.
The original version of this story which was published by ESPN can be viewed here.
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