West Ham: Striker set Friday deadline; £7m bid for winger; Barcelona competition
After it had previously seemed that a deal for AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca was dead in the water, rumours seem to suggest that the move is back on, with the club’s bosses giving the Colombian a new deadline of Friday to decide on the move. The Express report that his agent has refused to rule out a move to London after offers from Spain and bigger English clubs did not come forward as expected and the Hammers increased the wages on offer.
The Irons are clearly desperate for the 29-year-old’s signature as they search for a prolific forward, with Bacca scoring 20 in 43 last season. Fans may not like the forward’s reluctance to join the club, but would surely be easily convinced if he can find form in claret and blue, much like Dimitri Payet did a year ago. If the striker rejects the club again, then it’ll be back to the drawing board to find a partner for the likes of Andre Ayew and Andy Carroll.
Such a move could be of even more importance as the IBT reported that a move for Argentinean forward Jonathan Calleri is in jeopardy. The youngster had previously said that a move was imminent and it seemed that the deal would be confirmed after his participation at the Olympics came to an end, but the IBT claim that Barcelona have shown an interest in the former Boca Juniors striker which may tempt him to change his mind.
It seems unlikely that the 22-year-old would renege on the deal at this late a stage, with seemingly only an announcement expected, but if there is one club who could persuade him then it’s likely to be one of the biggest in world football. If Calleri did pull out of the deal it would be a blow, as the Irons looked to have secured one of the brightest young talents in world football.
It now also seems that a bid has been made for Lyon’s Algerian winger Rachid Ghezzal. Sky Sports report that a £6.8 million bid for the 24-year-old, whose performances in Ligue 1 have seen him likened to Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez. With just one year left on his contract, it seems likely that the two clubs will be able to negotiate a deal but it remains to be seen if this opening offer, confirmed by the French club’s president, is enough.
Ghezzal would certainly be an exciting addition and would add to an area Slaven Bilic has targeted for improvements with Sofiane Feghouli and Gokhan Tore already signed up as the Croatian boss adds pace and skill to his wide areas. Ghezzal would add to that and will be hoping to replicate the success of his compatriot Mahrez.
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