By Harvey Byrne
West Ham have stepped up their efforts to sign Argentine forward Jonathan Calleri, according to reports.
The 22-year-old is regarded as an emerging star in his homeland and has been widely compared to Carlos Tevez, who is a hero among Hammers fans for his memorable season at the club in 2006-07.
Italian website Tuttomercatoweb have reported that the Hammers have ‘intensified negotiations’ in the last 48 hours in order to secure a deal for the striker.
Italian giants Inter Milan are also reportedly interested in the striker and it is thought that the London club want to get a deal done early to ensure they don’t miss out on their target.
As reported by Football Insider, Tottenham are also interested in signing the young Argentine.
The forward has attracted Premier League interest since scoring 21 goals in 53 matches for former club Boca Juniors.
He has since been loaned to Sao Paulo for six months via a Uruguayan club and 10 matches for the Brazilian side in 2016 have yielded an impressive eight goals.
However any deal for the youngster will be complicated as any buyer wanting to negotiate a permanent deal would have to buy his registration outright from an investment group.
However, Calleri will also be granted an Italian passport this summer – he qualifies via his grandparents – which will mean he can move to the Premier League without any need for a work permit.
In other West Ham news, the club’s pursuit of Gokhan Tore has hit a snag over Besiktas’ valuation of the winger.