West Ham United fans will be ecstatic at the summer their club has already enjoyed.
Given the scintillating Euro 2016 performances of star man Dimitri Payet, and the wealth of great talent that has already been added to their squad, Hammers fans have a reason to be optimistic for the new season.
Having been beaten to the signing of highly rated Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi by Chelsea, West Ham audaciously attempted to persuade Carlos Tevez to don the claret and blue shirt once again, however, what can only be described as ludicrous wage demands meant this wasn't possible.
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Thus far this summer, David Sullivan and David Gold have been unsuccessful in their unrelenting attempts to secure West Ham a lucrative striker. However, having already strengthened their squad impressively in other areas, the Hammers long hunt for a front-man appears to be coming to a conclusion, as they close in on the signing of formidable Colombian star Carlos Bacca.
The fee agreed between West Ham and AC Milan is believed to be £26 million, which will no doubt raise eyebrows given the striker is 29-years-old. Nonetheless, Bacca has proved himself to be consistently lethal in front of goal, scoring 34 times in 71 appearances for Spanish side Sevilla.
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At AC Milan, despite enduring a largely disappointing campaign by his standards, only Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala netted more Serie A goals then the Colombian, who notched an impressive 18 in total.
Bacca is a hardworking striker who covers a lot of ground and has a reputation for being deadly in front of goal. The Colombian could be a perfect partner for target man Andy Carroll, whose size and aerial ability will allow Bacca to capitalise on space in behind Premier League defences.
As well as a potential partnership with Andy Carroll, the prospect of Bacca linking up with West Ham’s midfield maestro Payet is a combination that will have Hammers fans drooling. The possible merger of West Ham’s Player of the Season Payet and the Colombian striker will leave Premier League defenders shuddering with fear.
If Bacca was to join West Ham, he would become their eighth signing this summer. Most notably joining powerful Valencia winger Sofiane Feghouli, highly renowned Turkish wide man Gokhan Tore and promising Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Havard Nordtveit.
If West Ham do mange to lure Bacca onto their already impressive list of signings this summer, then it would be seen as massive statement of intent from the London club.
Slaven Billic had a successful first season as manager of West Ham, guiding the Irons to an FA Cup quarter-final and a solid seventh place finish in the league.
Yet, given the signings West Ham have made so far this summer, and the fact that they are playing their first season in the prestigious Olympic Stadium, the aim this season has to be a top four finish and something in the way of silverware.
Clearly it's an aim that is optimistic, but with a manager as shrewd as Billic, and a forward as experienced and clinical as Bacca, it is also very realistic.
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