Done deal: £4million attacker agrees West Ham terms
By Tom Blackburn
Jonathan Calleri has signed for West Ham on a season long-loan, it was announced on Tuesday.
The Londoners unveiled the striker, 22, on their Twitter account and website and confirmed he will be at the club for the 2016-17 campaign.
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) August 16, 2016
The Guardian have previously claimed that it will cost the Hammers a fee of £4million to secure the loan signing of Calleri from Uruguayan side Deportivo Maldonado.
The deal is the second loan move that the Hammers have paid a fee for in the current transfer window, having already secured Gokhan Tore from Besiktas for £2.5million.
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.
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Calleri, who is yet to make any full 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 yielded an impressive eight goals.
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, , Theo Walcott as well as a sensational east London return for Carlos Tevez.
They announced the signing of Swansea striker Andre Ayew for £20.5million last week, but he was injured in their Premier League opener against Chelsea on Monday evening.
That deal broke the London club’s transfer record by £5million, as it usurps the £15.5million spent on signing Andy Carroll from Liverpool in 2013.
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