Why Carlos Bacca would be a game changer for West Ham, whatever the cost

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The Colombia international has demonstrated sensational goalscoring in various league's across Europe.

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West Ham's interest in AC Milan forward Carlos Bacca is gradually reported to gathering momentum, and though some may baulk at a fee reported by the Guardian to be as much as £26 million, or the wages he is asking for, there can be little doubting the striker's ability.

The Hammers are said to have identified the 29-year-old Colombian as the man to fill the attacking void they have been seeking to address all summer. They are looking for a high profile, top class goal scorer who will immediately settle and find the net on a regular basis, and in key games, playing off of the creative qualities of Dimitri Payet.

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A quick look at Bacca's statistics through his career is proof that, even though he will not represent a long term investment because of his age, he is likely to be a Premier League goalscoring star.

The former Sevilla forward, who turns 30 in September, has a quite extraordinary record in every country he has played in. Crucially, the attacker has played in Colombia, Venezuela, Belgium, Spain and Italy, and in every season he has managed to produce a superb goal to games ratio that leaves him currently at 210 goals after 406 matches. In European football Bacca has 100 goals in 205 matches.

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This last season at Milan, his first, saw Bacca net 20 times, while the attacker also quickly took to life in La Liga with Sevilla, where he scored 21 times in his first season. In both campaigns the club the Colombia international played for finished roughly the same position in the league as the Hammers managed last season.

Bacca's ability to find the net consistently, to stay fit, and importantly, to quickly adjust to a new culture and league is proof that as much as anyone can be confident about the success of a transfer, the Hammers can be optimistic that in Bacca, they would be bringing in a player capable of putting Premier League defences to the sword.

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