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Two men heavily linked with West Ham United over the summer, Carlos Bacca and Diego Laxalt, joined Villarreal and AC Milan respectively on Friday, according to Goal.

The Hammers were touted with making a move for the Colombian striker in 2016 and again in recent months the speculation returned.

Laxalt was also reportedly on West Ham’s radar, but the Uruguayan has penned a deal with Milan.

The Irons were ambitious in their summer recruitment and as such missing out on the pair will not be a major concern for the London club’s hierarchy.

West Ham landed Lucas Perez as an extra option in the striker role, with the Spaniard younger than Bacca and coming at a modest fee.

Laxalt is capable of playing on both flanks, but with Ryan Fredericks, Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson all signing for the Hammers, it appears the South American was surplus to requirements.

West Ham fans will hope that the players they did sign can bed-in at the club quickly as expectations have been raised after the money being spent and the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini.

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