Bilic gives significant update on Calleri and Lacazette chases

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The West Ham United boss had good news about one attacker and not such good news regarding another.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic during the press conferenceWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic during a press conference

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has provided an update on two key attacking targets in his press conference on Thursday, in comments appearing on Sky Sports - one being positive news and the other suggesting a deal is dead.

The Croatian has said that a deal for Argentine forward Jonathan Calleri, currently with his country's Olympic football side in Brazil, is as good as done, with a work permit the only thing the club are waiting for.

Football - Men's First Round - Group D Argentina v AlgeriaJonathan Calleri during Group D clash Argentina v Algeria

“We will sign Calleri and he will be with us pretty soon depending on the work permit,” Bilic is quoted as saying on Sky Sports.

“He is a top striker and we have a good balance in the squad.”

But Bilic also revealed that the Hammers have dropped their interest in France international striker Alexandre Lacazette, after a summer full of rumours linking him to the Olympic Stadium by admitting that, "100 per cent we will not go for Lacazette.”

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesAlexandre Lacazette - picture Supplied by Action Images

It is a significant update in West Ham's attacker hunt for the summer, though there are still rumours circulating about a number of other striker targets.

Calleri will certainly be an exciting addition, having starred at Boca Juniors and Sao Paulo in recent seasons - he netted 12 times in 17 games for the Brazilian side in the last campaign.

With Lyon digging their heels in when it comes to their star forward Lacazette, it is perhaps no surprise that the Hammers have looked to other targets this summer.

The East Londoners have already brought in a number of attacking players, with recent big-money signing from Swansea City, Andre Ayew, a proven attacking talent in the Premier League.

West Ham's Andy Carroll reactsWest Ham's Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll's two-goal haul in the friendly defeat to Juventus was also surely a timely reminder to Bilic about the powerful 27-year-old's quality - should he be able to stay fit.

Whether there are more striker additions than Calleri we will only know once the transfer window has slammed shut.

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