After all the discussions, concern, bickering and divisions, we’ve finally picked a name. No, not Theresa May, she’s just the new Prime Minister. We’re talking about the *other* hot selection of the summer – West Ham’s much-vaunted marquee frontman.
From the melee, the name Carlos Bacca emerges. That’s far from having a signature on a piece of paper but the club have stepped up manoeuvres now that Euro 2016 is over and the clock is ticking.
Reports suggest the club is confident of signing the Colombian striker from Milan. The £26million on the table is enough to prise him away from a club he joined only last summer.
There’s still personal terms to sort out – the 29-year-old’s agent landed in London on Monday – and an initial reluctance by the striker to overcome but, apparently, he’s now warming to the idea.
It is thought the lack of quality European football was the reason for his early concern but Europa League is deemed to be just about enough.
Bacca was the third highest scorier in the Italian top division with 18 and he scored a more impressive 34 goals in 71 appearances for Sevilla.
Tore reunites with Bilic
A firm fixture next season will be Besiktas winger Gokhan Tore who has signed on a season-long loan, reuniting with the manager who oversaw his progress in Turkey.
There’s an option to buy the 24-year-old, who played with Chelsea’s youth academy, at the end of the season for £10million on top of the £2.5million loan fee.
He told the club’s website : “Slaven was also a big factor in me coming here. He is the main man and knows me very well. I could not have said no to him. He is the best manager I have worked under and he is like a father to the players. You feel like you are family.
“I watched many games that they played last season and saw how passionate the fans are. That made me want to come here.”
Payet 'worth £100m'
Meanwhile, asset price inflation might be a danger both in Theresa May’s No.10 and in E20 where Dimitri Payet has now been valued at a world-record £100million.
However, that figure might be less than objective as it comes from West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan who adds the unnecessary rider that “he’s not for sale”.
Sullivan said he was preparing for “six weeks of silliness” as rival clubs fawn over one of the players of Euro 2016.
He told the Daily Mirror : “He’s under contract. There might be six weeks of silliness when he bangs the table. But if you believe what he says, he wants to stay.
“If someone wants to break the world record we might consider it. Because it’s not then one-sided.”
While Payet was the talk of the early tournament, his form did fall away from its superlative best with a weak semi-final and a substitution in the final, which France lost to Portugal. Some of the heat may have been evaporated from around the player which will come as a relief as West Ham look to bring the squad together.
The bulk of the team, and Slaven Bilic, are in America where they play Carolina RailHawks in the early hours of Wednesday morning, UK time.