West Ham Again Linked With Milan's Carlos Bacca and Will Battle Valencia for Colombian's Signature

Jude Summerfield

​West Ham will face competition from Valencia for the signing of AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca, according to ​Calciomercato.

The striker, who has 13 goals and three assists in 28 Serie A appearances this season, was heavily linked with a move to the Hammers last summer but a transfer failed to materialise, with West Ham instead signing Andre Ayew from Swansea and Simone Zaza on loan.

AC Milan v US Citta di Palermo - Serie A
AC Milan v US Citta di Palermo - Serie A

The latter has since moved away from the club following a poor showing in London, failing to score a Premier League goal in eight appearances, while Ayew has started to become a regular under Slaven Bilic after a campaign plagued by injury troubles.

Bacca was linked with a move away from Milan during the January transfer window, with teams from the Chinese Super League reportedly interested, but the Colombia international decided against a move to Asia, insisting he is not motivated by money.

AC Milan v AC ChievoVerona - Serie A
AC Milan v AC ChievoVerona - Serie A

West Ham had a £25m bid for Bacca accepted last summer, signalling their intentions for the season ahead, but the player rejected the move in order to stay in Italy. The Irons' campaign hasn't worked out as planned for the Premier League club, with the move to the London Stadium ruined by fan disputes earlier in the year.

It remains to be seen whether Bacca will be at Milan next season, with much depending on the future of manager Vincenzo Montella. Milan looked sharp at the beginning of the year but have faltered as the season has progressed, currently sitting sixth and 13 points behind third-placed Napoli. 

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