By Harvey Byrne
Former Boca Juniors forward Jonathan Calleri has revealed that he has completed a loan move to West Ham.
The 22-year-old Argentine attacker was most recently at Sao Paulo, where he finished as top scorer in the 2016 Copa Libertadores with nine goals.
However, he left the Brazilian giants after exiting the Libertadores at the semi-final stage and revealed his next destination on Monday.
“The transfer to West Ham is already completed,” said Calleri to ESPN. “I hope I can adapt as soon as possible to the Premier League.”
The loan deal will last for twelve months, but there is not a purchase deal included within the offer.
The young attacker is currently in Rio de Janeiro, where he will compete in the Olympic Games as part of Argentina’s Under-23 team.
In July, Jack Sullivan, the son of Hammers co-owner David Sullivan, claimed on his personal Twitter account that the 22-year-old had agreed a move to the east London club but it was subject to a work permit application.
Calleri’s quotes would suggest that a permit has now been granted.
Calleri has been likened to West Ham fans favourite Carlos Tevez after an impressive spell of form in his home country, and is becoming increasingly known for skill and technical ability.
Bilic has been in the hunt for a proven goalscorer all summer, and has been linked with the likes of Carlos Bacca, Mario Gomes, Andre Ayew, Christian Benteke, Michy Batshuayi, Alexandre Lacazette, Theo Walcott as well as a sensational east London return for Tevez.
The only striker signed to date is 20-year-old Ashley Fletcher, who joined from Manchester United earlier this summer.
Calleri, who is yet to make any Argentina appearances, 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 Uruguayan club Deportivo Maldonado and 10 matches for the Brazilian side in 2016 have yielded an impressive eight goals.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers have had a £3million bid turned down by Norwich for Swedish left-back Martin Olsson.