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Carlos Bacca left out of Milan's American tour squad

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The Colombian striker has been heavily linked with a move to West Ham.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesNot going on tour: Carlos Bacca

West Ham United look set to continue their pursuit of striker target Carlos Bacca, who has been left out of AC Milan's American tour squad, as confirmed by the club's official website.

Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed that the Hammers would move on from chasing the Colombian international should he go on tour with Milan, after weeks of protracted negotiations and indecision from the forward.

The East Londoners have agreed a fee with Milan for the signing of Bacca, with the Mirror claiming it be around £27 million, however, all now rests with the striker over whether he wishes to leave the club.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesWest Ham have agreed a fee for Bacca

Di Marzio claimed yesterday that Bacca was holding out for a move back to his former club Sevilla, who are currently trying to keep hold of French striker Kevin Gameiro, who is rumoured to be in negotiations with Barcelona - as per the Italian.

Regardless, it seems clear that Bacca may not be in the plans of coach Vincenzo Montella, despite the club's claim that his omission  was not based on transfer activity.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesBacca will not be travelling to America

"Milan have decided, at the request of Coach Vincenzo Montella, to apply to Carlos Bacca - who arrived in Milan on Thursday - and Mattia De Sciglio - arriving Thursday July 28 - the same criteria as used for Gianluca Lapadula and Leonel Vangioni," the statement reads on Milan's website, as quoted by Football Italia.

“For that reason, Bacca and De Sciglio will do all their preparations at Milanello, having been left out - for these reasons and not for reasons related to the transfer market - of the list of players for the International Champions Cup for which Milan is expected in the USA.”

West Ham co chairman David SullivanIt's been a frustrating summer for West Ham co chairman David Sullivan

West Ham have been pursuing a number of high profile targets this summer, however they have struggled to persuade players to join the club despite their lack of Champions League football, a key stumbling block, as co-owner David Sullivan acknowledged to the Hammers website a few days ago.

Nevertheless, following these latest developments regarding prime target Bacca, West Ham fans will hope their luck is about to change.

Milan are travelling to America for their International Champions Cup fixtures, where they will face Bayern Munich in Chicago, Liverpool in Santa Clara and Chelsea in Minneapolis. 

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