The Argentine striker has signed on a loan deal until the end of the season.
West Ham United’s striker search appears to have come to an end. The Hammers followed up their signing of Andre Ayew earlier in the week and yesterday they finalised a deal to sign up Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri.
The forward’s deal was announced yesterday after his time at the Olympics with Argentina came to an early end at the Group Stages.
The striker is one of the hottest prospects in South American football and West Ham are very lucky to get hold of him.
The club had been looking for a new striker throughout the summer – with the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Carlos Bacca and Mario Mandzukic all linked with a move to the London club.
The deal is complicated. Calleri has joined on loan from second division Uruguayan outfit Deportivo Maldonado. He joined the club in January 2016 from Boca Juniors but was immediately loaned out to Sao Paulo. He is essentially registered with the side, for whom he has never played, to be loaned out to bigger clubs and avoid third-party ownership issues.
This controversial nature of his transfer and his nationality have obviously seen comparisons with former West Ham hero Carlos Tevez.
West Ham fans will hope he can have a similar impact with the club…
Calleri's no option to buy loan deal means that West Ham will be used as a stage for him. Reminds me of Tevez— West Ham BELIEF (@westham_mo) August 11, 2016
Argentine striker, Jonathan Calleri just signed for #WestHamUnited on a season long loan! COYI— Alfie Stringfellow (@WHUFC_blitz97) August 11, 2016
Calleri shoots us into champs league and then signs perm next summer— Lukey T COYI (@westhammers78) August 11, 2016
Now that we've signed Calleri I'm a happy hammer! Best squad we've had in years! Well at least the 20 I've been going. Great work #COYI— Bobby Moore Upper (@bm6_upper) August 11, 2016
Calleri shoots us into champs league and then signs perm next summer— Lukey T COYI ⚒ (@westhammers78) August 11, 2016