Argentinian striker Jonathan Calleri, 22, has confirmed that he is set to sign for West Ham , possibly on a season long loan.
The Hammers have been scouring the world for a front line hitman to provide them with “20 goals a season” with Swansea’s Andre Ayew another name on the list.
Calleri has been linked with a move to the Premier League with a number of clubs interested, including London rivals Spurs and Chelsea. He is considered one of the brightest stars in South America.
But Calleri told ESPN: “I will play at West Ham. It is now closed. I wanted to play in Europe. I just need the work visa.”
West Ham have yet to comment on the move.
The 22-year-old former Boca Junior star plays as a striker for Brazilian club Sao Paulo FC on loan from Deportivo Maldonado scoring 16 goals in 31 appearances. Just last week Calleri made his Argentina U23 debut in a friendly against Mexico U23, which resulted in a 0–0 draw and he is in line for the Rio Olympics.
He will link up with fellow Argentine Manuel Lanzini, currently out with a knee injury, and relieve some of the pressure on the boardroom which has been announcing plans to land a striker for weeks with nothing to show for their efforts.