West Ham: Bacca talks resume; Ayew fee agreed; left back medical failed; Madrid youngster linked
After it seemed as though talks with AC Milan’s Colombian striker Carlos Bacca had come to an end after no progress was made in convincing the 29-year-old to move to the Olympic Stadium, calciomercato say that a deal may be back on. Some rumours had suggested that the Hammers qualifying for the Europa League is vital in securing his signature, but now that Spanish interests have faded, West Ham may be the only possible destination.
Talks have now resumed between Bacca and the club, having been put on the back burner for weeks, and some claim that a deal may even be struck in the next ten or so days as Slaven Bilic and his team continue to search for a prolific forward to send West Ham on their way to the next level.
What is unclear is how this news will affect the current move for Swansea striker Andre Ayew. The Mirror say that a fee of £20 million has now been agreed between the Welsh club and the Irons, and the Ghana forward is now discussing personal terms with the Londoners before a medical is arranged, with most expecting the deal to be confirmed before the season kicks off next weekend.
Ayew would undoubtedly be a good addition, and the thought of him linking up with Dimitri Payet, who he played with at Marseille previously, will excite West Ham fans. However, it seems unlikely that the club will be able to shell out for both Bacca and Ayew, and the club then may be forced into an uncomfortable position of choosing whether or not to gamble on the hopes of securing the more prolific Bacca, in favour of the proven and younger Ayew.
One deal which was close to completion was a loan move for Inter Milan left back Davide Santon, who was set to replace Aaron Cresswell whilst he is out injured, but Sky sources claim that he has failed a medical and the deal will now be scrapped. Santon has figured in pre-season for Inter, but also failed a medical at Napoli earlier this summer after a series of knee injuries have afflicted his career to date.
For Bilic, it means that the left back headache will continue, and the club may be forced to return to negotiations with Norwich or Hull City, both of whom have rejected offers for Martin Olsson and Andrew Robertson respectively. It is undoubted that those two players would be more expensive, and after a frustrating summer, Santon’s medical failure is just the latest reason to feel that luck has been avoiding the Hammers in their transfer dealings this summer.
Another loan move could be in the works though, as the club have expressed an interest to Real Madrid after they offered out 17 year old Norwegian wonder kid Martin Odegaard, report Squawka. The Spanish side are hoping to get him first team football somewhere in Europe this season, and the Irons believe that he could be a good substitute for Manuel Lanzini, who is expected to miss the start of the season through injury.
With just one substitute La Liga appearance to date and a wealth of attacking midfielders available to Zinedine Zidane, the club hope to loan out Odegaard to prevent his development from stalling in Castilla, Real Madrid’s B team. The Norwegian could represent a cheap option which would add depth to West Ham’s squad, and he has undoubted attacking flair which is sure to get fans off their feet. If a deal can be struck to ensure that the Hammers are not forced to select the 17 year old, then a deal may well be on the cards.
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