West Ham target Carlos Bacca is all set to sign a new contract with AC Milan, according to reports.

The Hammers made a £26m bid for the striker last month as they tried to land a striker to lead their line ahead of the new season.

But the chase appears to be over according to the Evening Standard.

They say the 29-year-old has been persuaded to stay in Italy where he played last year, scoring 20 goals in 42 games.

And the Standard suggest it means Milan will end their interest in Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado.

The Chelsea winger has been heavily linked with a move back to Italy, having starred for Juventus during his loan spell last season. The Colombian was shipped out following his Chelsea move last January after making only 13 appearances.

Milan reportedly wanted to talk with Chelsea over a move for Cuadrado, with Rossoneri coach Vincenzo Montella keen to link up with the Colombia international having coached him at Fiorentina.

Apparently, Vincenzo Montella’s side would only have bought the Colombian had they received a hefty fee for Bacca, so now they don’t have the resources to prise him away from Chelsea.

West Ham’s need for another striker has been reduced recently as they brought in Swansea striker Andre Ayew.

The Irons bought the Ghana international for £20.5m and he’ll join Andy Carroll and new boy Ashley Fletcher up front at the London Stadium.

The east London side reinforced their defence on the same say, signing Arthur Masuaku for £6m from Olympiacos.

However, Cuadrado’s future still remains unclear despite this latest report as Antonio Conte – who previously described the winger as fitting his ‘idea of football’ – says there is still plenty of time in the transfer window for changes at Stamford Bridge.


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