West Ham were believed to have a bid of around £26 million accepted for Bacca by AC Milan and it looked very likely that the London side would be signing the striker.
However, recent reports have claimed that Arsenal are looking to hijack West Ham’s pursuit of Bacca (London Evening Standard) and Hammers’ co-chairman David Sullivan has gone on to reveal to the Daily Mirror that the 29-year-old is currently assessing his options.
As Bacca moving to West Ham is not a certainty, it is understandable that the Premier League side are preparing contingency plans and now according to reports from Calcio Mercato, they have identified Inter Milan’s Eder as an option.
Eder enjoyed a fine first half to the season with Sampdoria, scoring 12 goals in the Serie A, and such a wonderful run of form earned him a move to Italian giants Inter Milan on a two-year loan deal.
Eder was unable to reproduce such fine form for Inter though, finding the back of the net only once and it is widely expected that the Nerazzurri will be looking to cut the striker’s loan deal short this summer.
Doing so will not be easy as Inter have the obligation of paying around £11 million to sign Eder permanently and Sampdoria may not be willing to agree to take back the attacker prematurely.
Now as a boost for Inter, claims have been made that West Ham will be ready to sign Eder and a bid of around £12.5 million is being mooted at the moment.
Due to the convoluted nature of Inter’s agreement with Sampdoria, it remains to be seen how the potential transfer to West Ham can be facilitated but the Hammers will be hopeful of sealing a deal for the Italian international if they fail to land Bacca.