After months of on again, off again speculation, it now seems that Carlos Bacca has rejected the Hammers for the second time this summer despite a lack of other offers and an increased wage offer, claim the Sun. Despite a club record fee and an offer to become one of the side’s top earners, the Colombian does not want to leave for a side without Champions League football despite AC Milan being desperate to sell the 29-year-old.
It is a major blow for Slaven Bilic and co, who have spent all summer chasing the forward in an attempt to make him their marquee signing and prolific goal scorer, which they will now have to look elsewhere for with the season already kicking off this summer with Andre Ayew and Jonathan Calleri the only additions in the forward area of the squad at present.
One possible replacement could be Lorenzo Insigne, with the Express linking the club with the Italian forward. Despite Gonzalo Higuain’s exit this summer, the Napoli striker feels that he lacks game time at the club and is seeking an exit in search of first team football. With wages of up to £80,000 on offer, the Irons think that a deal can be struck, but are yet to receive a response to their enquire over a fee for the 25 year old, with the Italian club proving to be tough negotiators this summer.
The left sided forward scored thirteen goals in 42 games last season for Napoli, representing a decent return. Whilst not as prolific as Bacca, Insigne has youth on his side and is likely to come at a cheaper price which will please the club’s finances, and he would still represent quite a coup for the club should a deal be achieved in negotiations with the club and the player.
In another coup for the club, the Hammers look set to beat Everton and Leicester to the £20 million signing of Norwich left-back and winger Robbie Brady. Football Fancast report on Sky Bet odds which show the Londoners as the clear favourites to secure the Euro 2016 star’s signature after he impressed against France and Italy on the international stage and was chased by a host of Premier League clubs following the Canaries’ relegation to the Championship last season.
The Ireland star is yet to feature for Norwich this season having enjoyed a prolonged pre-season break after the Euros, and had been linked with West Ham earlier in the window before talk cooled, but now the odds on him joining the Olympic Stadium outfit have been slashed as a deal now looks like it may be in the offing. Brady has suffered two relegations in the past two seasons with Hull and Norwich but undoubtedly has the Premier League quality that Bilic is looking for and he could prove a valuable addition to the West Ham squad as the season nears.
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