By Alex Taylor
Jonathan Calleri has signed for West Ham on a season long-loan – and Hammers fans were delighted that the striker has finally completed his protracted move
The east London outfit announced the arrival of the 22-year-old on their Twitter account and website on Tuesday afternoon.
— West Ham United (@WestHam) August 16, 2016
The Guardian have previously claimed that it will cost the club a fee of £4million to secure the youngster from Uruguayan side Deportivo Maldonado.
Fans posted messages of support on the social media platform and clearly hope that Calleri can hit the ground running at the Olympic Stadium this season.
Here are selection of the messages on Twitter:
Let's hope calleri bags a few goals
— Cal ⚒️ (@CallumHunt_) August 16, 2016
Welcome Calleri @Jocalleri ⚒
— West Ham Info (@WestHam_Info) August 16, 2016
West Ham signing, Calleri, is a very good player!
— Nathan Stannard (@NathanStannard) August 16, 2016
Yesssss we've signed Calleri🎉🎉🎉
— eloise 🐧 (@whuweller_x) August 16, 2016
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.
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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