West Ham United's Jonathan Calleri celebrates scoring
According to Italian newspaper Le Repubblica, Inter Milan are eyeing up a surprise move to sign West Ham United attacker Jonathan Calleri this summer.
Calleri, 23, built up quite the reputation for himself in South America, scoring 23 goals in 59 games for Boca Juniors and then 16 in 31 games during a loan spell with Sao Paulo, having been purchased by Uruguayan club Deportivo Maldonado – a team known for housing players before being sent to Europe.
Calleri did get his move to Europe last summer, as West Ham United snapped him up on loan for the season – but his switch to England so far hasn't reaped the rewards he or the Hammers would have expected.
So far, the Argentinian has scored just once in 15 appearances, and he's still yet to start a Premier League game as his loan deal comes towards its end.
Now, Italian newspaper La Repubblica report that Calleri is already attracting interest ahead of the summer transfer window, with Serie A giants Inter Milan allegedly keen to sign him at the end of the season.
Kia Joorabchian – a name famous to West Ham fans over his involvement in Carlos Tevez's controversal 2006 move to Upton Park – not only has a stake in the investment group that owns Calleri's registration, but also has a strong influence at Inter, and he is believed to be pushing for a deal this summer.
West Ham United's Jonathan Calleri during training
Whilst Mauro Icardi continues to impress, Gabriel Barbosa has yet to live up to his billing, and Rodrigo Palacio is out of contract this summer, meaning a new striker is wanted at the San Siro – and Calleri appears to be a top target right now.
West Ham could still attempt to sign Calleri permanently this summer, but his lack of impact this season means that Inter could be in the clear to sign the striker, giving the Hammers a chance to move for a new striker.
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