Sao Paolo director says he was just joking about Jonathan Calleri return

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The West Ham loanee has struggled to find his feet in London so far.

West Ham United's Jonathan Calleri shoots wideWest Ham United's Jonathan Calleri shoots wide

West Ham United went hunting for a striker this summer as they desperately looked to strengthen their attacking options.

They went for some pretty big names and came up short with plenty of apparent enquiries but in the end they did manage to secure the signing of two talented strikers on loan in Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri.

Both however have struggled so far.

West Ham's Jonathan Calleri with manager Slaven Bilic after being substitutedWest Ham's Jonathan Calleri with manager Slaven Bilic after being substituted

Calleri arrived on loan from Uruguayan club Deportivo Maldonado, a team he is registered for but has never played in what is a very confusing and dangerous minefield to cover.

In reality the Argentine’s last team before West Ham was Brazilian club Sao Paolo. He was a massive hit with the Brazilian club – scoring 16 goals in 31 games.

But since his struggles at West Ham have been so publicly played out the Brazilian club’s executive director Marco Aurelio Cunha has made the headlines in Brazil.

FC Astra Giurgiu's Kristi Vangjeli in action with West Ham United's Jonathan CalleriFC Astra Giurgiu's Kristi Vangjeli in action with West Ham United's Jonathan Calleri

It came after he suggested, as reported by Globo Esporte, that he and Calleri should talk regarding a return to Brazil on a social media post from the West Ham loanee.

This was quickly picked up on by Sao Paolo fans who started hashtagging ‘#VoltaCalleri’ – meaning come back Calleri.

Cunha has since had to comment on his post, making it clear he was just having a bit of fun and that Calleri is not on his way back to Sao Paolo. Globo quote him as saying:

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“If things were easy by an Instagram post, it would be great. Sign (Lionel) Messi! It was just a joke.”

But is shows how loved he was at his former club that fans would be getting so behind a passing comment by a club executive.

West Ham fans will no doubt hope that they can one day feel the same way about the forward.

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