Arsenal target Carlos Bacca rejected West Ham United’s approach as he was holding out for a move to north London or Atletico Madrid according to Hammers boss Slaven Bilić who spoke with Milan News.
The Gunners were reportedly hot on the tail of the AC Milan hitman who netted 20 times last season, as Arsene Wenger looked to bring in attacking reinforcements. A number of striking targets came and went including Bacca, with the Gunners eventually signing Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna close to Deadline Day.
It appears the Colombian had his eyes on a move to a Champions League club over the summer however a move failed to materialize and he remained in Italy.
“But we [West Ham] weren’t the first choice of the Colombian,” Bilić said (translation). “He was waiting for Arsenal or Atletico Madrid and then finally decided to stay at Milan, but we are very happy because we bought Zaza, who a year ago was our first choice.”
Bacca never really featured as a prime target for Arsenal considering his age and it appeared nothing more than just pure paper talk linking one loose end with another. Arsenal attempted to shop in the top bracket, within strikers such as Jamie Vardy, Alexander Lacazette and even Gonzalo Higuain courted by the Gunners over the summer but all came to a dead end.
At the close of the window the relatively unheard of Perez claimed the No.9 shirt and appears to offer more versatility and pace, something Wenger clearly wanted to inject into his front line.
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Arsenal fans do however need to offer a little patience for the Spaniard who did struggle on his debut.