Having failed in their attempt to sign France international striker Alexandre Lacazette and Belgian Michy Batshuayi, West ham United coach Slaven Bilic seems to have lined up an alternative from the La Liga.
According to the Evening Standard, north London club Arsenal and Atletico Madrid have joined the race to sign Carlos Becca, with both clubs ready to provide him with the opportunity of playing in the Uefa Champions League next season.
The potential arrival of Carlos Becca at Athletico Madrid would more than likely convince the Spanish capital city club to sell Borja Baston, who might be just the treasure that Slaven Bilic has been looking for. Moreover, Becca has been linked with a move to West Ham, which will please Hammers fans.
The 23-year-old attacker has spent the last 5 seasons out on loan, which has aided his development and made him more prolific than ever.
He found the back of the net 22 times in 39 Segunda division matches for Deportivo La Coruna in the 2014/15 season, and took that impressive form into the top flight, scoring 18 goals for newly promoted side Eibar last season. Whether West Ham could pull off such a talented signing remains to be seen. The betting markets don’t fancy the Hammers’ chance, so you’d probably be better off placing your hard earned cash over at £5 bingo.
With new recruit Sofiane Feghouli joining the likes of Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini in the midfield, the signing of Baston could well be a cheap masterstroke by West Ham.
The Carlos Bacca deal seems dead, as I don’t see him rejecting Arsenal or Atletico Madrid for West Ham, but the domino effect as a result could favour the Hammers.
Borja Baston may not be as glamorous a name as Carlos Bacca, but Dimitri Payet was not a sought-after player before he signed for the Hammers.