If, after all the delays, you still believe West Ham were still going to get Carlos Bacca, now is probably the time to give up.
On Wednesday, Gazzetta dello Sport claimed the Hammers were happy to wait until Friday for the Colombian to make his decision about his future, but Corriere dello Sport on Thursday refute these claims completely, claiming the player is likely to stay in Milan.
In fact, the Italian newspaper claim West Ham have ditched the matter altogether, partly due to the fact they cannot seem to get rid of Diafra Sakho, who failed his medical ahead of a proposed move to West Brom.
The London side were reported to have been the only club willing to meet the €30m demands from AC Milan, but this transfer never had that je ne sais quoi leading us to believe it would happen.
As Corriere put it, ‘Big Ben has said stop on the banks of the Thames’ for the former Sevilla star, and with Jonathan Calleri confirmed to be arriving to the London Stadium by Slaven Bilic in a press conference, the search for a striker seems to be coming to an end.
That is, of course, unless they manage to offload Diafra Sakho somewhere before the 31st of August.