West Ham blow… club-record target has ambition Hammers cannot match

West Ham’s hopes of signing Carlos Bacca have taken a hit, with the experienced striker having revealed that playing in the Champions League is his “dream”.

The Colombia international has emerged as the latest forward on the Hammers’ radar after a lengthy search, with talks having opened between the club and the player following a £26m bid.

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However, some reports have claimed that Bacca has already rejected one contract offer from the London club, and with Atletico Madrid also circling, the Irons’ hopes of landing the 29-year-old are fading by the day.

And now the AC Milan striker has dealt West Ham another blow by revealing in an interview with AS Colombia that playing in the Champions league is his “dream” as he searches for a new club:

“My dream is to play it [Champions League] and work every day for that.

“I want to play it with Milan because unfortunately we did not get that step. It is one of the issues that you are talking with Milan… that we are not in Europe and I want to play in the Champions League.”

West Ham are set to take part in the Europa League this coming season, but with fierce competition in the Premier League, a top four finish is far from a guarantee.

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