West Ham are entering talks over the signing of Colombian striker, Carlos Bacca, with the AC Milan forward set to meet with representatives from the English club this week to discuss personal terms, according to Sky Sources.
The Hammers are said to have activated the £26m release clause in the 29-year-old’s contract and will now be hoping that the prolific goalscorer will personally agree to ply his trade on English shores for the first time in his career.
Slaven Bilic’s side have been in the market all summer for a big name striker and the acquisition of Bacca would be a big statement to compliment the creativity of Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini.
The Colombian would be the sixth arrival at the Olympic Stadium already this summer if he were to make the move, following the likes of Sofiane Feghouli, Gokhan Tore and Havard Nordveit to East London.
Bacca would also become the most expensive signing in West Ham’s 121-year history, eclipsing the £15m fee for paid for Andy Carroll to Liverpool.
The Colombian enjoyed a very successful first season in Serie A, scoring 20 goals in all competitions, as well as recording 49 in his previous two seasons with Sevilla where he won two Europa League trophies.
A natural finisher blessed with pace and skill, Bacca could be a vital component in Bilic’s West Ham project as they look to establish themselves as one of the Premier League’s top sides.