After Simone Zaza’s departure, another flop could be on his way out of the London Stadium.
Sao Paulo director of football Jose Jacobson has told Globo Esporte that West Ham United striker Jonathan Calleri is interested in returning to the club, but cast doubt over whether a deal could be completed.
Calleri joined the Hammers in the summer from Uruguayan club Deportivo Maldonado after spending six months on loan at Sao Paulo from January to July 2016.
He was a huge hit in Brazil, scoring 16 times in 31 appearances for the club, but after the conclusion of his loan deal in South America he joined the Irons on a season-long loan last summer.
However, he has not even come close to replicating his success in England, making just nine appearances in all competitions. Only three of those (two Europa League qualifiers and an EFL Cup tie) have been starts, and he has failed to score a single goal.
After Simone Zaza’s disastrous loan spell in East London was cut short, there has been some talk that the same thing could happen to Calleri’s deal.
Though he is contracted to Maldonado, Sao Paulo director Jacobson has claimed that Calleri has made it clear that he would love to return to the Brazilian side, although Jacobson doubts whether his club could afford a similar loan deal again.
Jacobson told Globo Esporte: “I think we lack a number nine. Otherwise, I think we’re well prepared for this first semester.
“Calleri is interested, but there is the problem with the investor group, who paid a lot for him and want him to stay in European football, even if he doesn’t stay in West Ham.
“Sao Paulo can’t invest anything, it’s out of our reality. A six-month loan does not interest us. I can’t bring Calleri for a short time again.”
That does not sound too hopeful on Sao Paulo’s part, but it still seems fairly likely that Calleri could depart West Ham this month if he, and Maldonado, get a better offer.