West Ham striker crisis: Hammers could still get help from Tevez
By Tom Blackburn
New West Ham loanee Jonathan Calleri says he will be contacting former Hammers striker Carlos Tevez for advice, following his move from Deportivo Maldonado.
The Londoners unveiled Calleri, 22, on their website last week and confirmed he will be at the club for the 2016-17 campaign.
Talking to West Ham’s website, the Argentine striker has said that he hopes talking to Tevez will enable him to step up, with his club facing a striker crisis.
“I still haven’t spoken to Carlos (Tevez) about the club, but I think we will speak in the next week or so and then we can chat about his time here,” Calleri told the club website.
“I will be trying to move forward as best as possible so that I can integrate myself into the team and achieve some great things with this squad.
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“My English is improving, I am trying to listen and I am understanding everything. For the moment, I am struggling to express myself as well as I would like, so I will work hard and study English so that I can speak to the level where I want to be.
“It’s a lovely stadium, it has been well put together and the pitch is incredible. I feel really good here and I am looking forward to our next game at London Stadium on Thursday.
“I will try to adapt my game to the Premier League as quickly as possible and when I am well-adapted, I will be able to show this league what I am capable of doing.”
Hammers boss Slaven 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 and Theo Walcott, as well as a sensational east London return for Tevez himself.
West Ham announced the signing of forward Andre Ayew for £20.5million earlier in the summer, but he was injured in their Premier League opener against Chelsea on Monday evening.
Their problems were compounded last week when it was confirmed Andy Carroll would be out until October after picking up an injury in their Europa League tie against Astra Giurgiu. Calleri made his debut in the same match, playing a full 90 minutes.
The Argentine 22-year-old made his second appearance for the club in their 1-0 win over Bournemouth at the weekend, coming off the bench for the last 30 mins as his side scored late. He missed a glorious chance with the last kick of the game when he was clean through on goal.
Calleri, who is yet to make any full Argentina appearances, attracted Premier League interest after scoring 21 goals in 53 matches for former club Boca Juniors.
In other West ham news, they agree terms of a deal worth a reported £10million.