West Ham look set to miss out on prime target Carlos Bacca after the striker expressed his desire to play in the Champions League, according to AS Colombia.
Bacca, who has been heavily linked with the Hammers in the last few weeks, has suggested he would snub the Premier League for European football amidst rumours that Atletico Madrid are interested in his services.
The 29-year-old moved to AC Milan from Sevilla last summer for a fee of around £25m and scored 21 goals in his debut season. However, Milan finished a disappointing seventh-place in Serie A, resulting in Bacca questioning his future as he missed out on a Champions League spot once again.
It was reported last week in La Gazzetta Dello Sport that Milan had already accepted a bid close to €30m for the Colombian to move to London, but in the same report it claimed the Hammers failed to entice Bacca on personal terms. The striker was looking for a €5m-per-year salary but West Ham were offering closer to €4m-a-year.
Crucially, West Ham can also only offer Europa League competition; a tournament that Bacca has already won during his time with Sevilla.
And when asked about his future, Bacca told AS Colombia: “(Playing the Champions League) is my dream and I work every day for that.
“I want to play (in the Champions League) with Milan because I came here to do that but unfortunately we did not get that step. It is one of the issues that we are talking about with Milan… we’re not in Europe and I want to play the Champions League. We will make the decision depending on the Milan project for the new season.
“My future is in God’s hands. We all know that I have a contract with Milan for four years. There are offers and there is interest from clubs from England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany.
“It is not easy making a decision. We have time, we are calm. My agent is in communication with the clubs and with Milan.”