Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri has completed his season-long loan move to West Ham.
The 22-year-old, who has arrived from Uruguayan club Deportivo Maldonado after spells with Argentine giants Boca Juniors and Brazilian side Sao Paulo, is in Slaven Bilic’s squad for Thursday’s Europa League play-off round tie with Astra Giurgiu.
The new No. 28 told the club's website : “This represents a fantastic new challenge for me and I am really looking forward to it. The Premier League is the best league in the world and so I am delighted to have this opportunity to play.”
Calleri scored for his country at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and netted 39 times in 90 appearances over the last two seasons.
He told the club’s website: “I am excited to get started here and to fit in as quickly as possible, so that I can be as useful as possible to my new teammates and manager.
“These are exciting times for me and I am motivated to adapt my game to this new environment."
He will become the sixth Argentine to play for West Ham after Lionel Scaloni, Javier Mascherano, Carlos Tevez, Mauro Zarate and current star Manuel Lanzini.
Joint chairman of the club David Sullivan said: “He's a top player and was the leading goalscorer this season in the Copa Libertadores, the South American version of the Champions League.
“He showed his quality at the Olympic Games for Argentina this summer and will be another great addition to the squad.
“We have a great track record of signing players from Argentina with Carlos Tevez and Manuel Lanzini becoming big players at West Ham United. It would be great if Jonathan could follow in their footsteps.
“We expect him to be one of our top goalscorers this season.”
Who is Jonathan Calleri?
- Born in Buenos Aires, Calleri started his career with Primera Division side All Boys, making his senior debut at the age of 19 in August 2013.
- A year later, legendary South American coach Carlos Bianchi took him to Boca Juniors in July 2014.
- There, Calleri netted his first goal on his second start at Estudiantes before celebrating his 20th birthday with the winner against local rivals Racing Club.
- He amassed 53 appearances, 21 goals and 11 assists in a successful 18-month spell with Boca that saw him win the Primera Division and Copa Argentina double in late 2015.
- He joined Uruguayan club Deportivo Maldonado in January 2016 and was loaned to Brazilian giants Sao Paulo.
- Calleri spent six months in southern Brazil, scoring 16 goals in 30 appearances.