West Ham close in on 23-year-old striker deal with La Liga side - report
By Will Butcher
Jonathan Calleri is set to cut ties with West Ham by cancelling his loan to join La Liga outfit Las Palmas, according to a report.
A report on Gianluca Di Marzio’s website claimed that all parties are just a step away from confirming a deal, with Calleri set to travel to Spain between Friday and Sunday to complete a move.
The 23-year-old has endured a dismal spell on loan at the London Stadium from Uruguayan outfit Deportivo Maldonado, and is now set to cut short his season-long loan.
Making just three starts in claret and blue this season since moving in the summer to east London, Calleri has failed to find the back of the net under Slaven Bilic.
With strikers Andy Carroll, Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho ahead of him in the pecking order, and Bilic looking for new January additions, the Hammers’ number 28 is set to embark on the next stage of his career.
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Currently defying pre-season expectations of a relegation battle, Las Palmas sit in a lofty 10th place and Calleri will join a side boasting talents such as Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Calleri becomes the second striker to depart Bilic’s Hammers this month, after Simone Zaza cancelled his loan from Juventus to join La Liga side Valencia.
Football Insider verdict:
Calleri’s decision to end his Hammers nightmare will come as music to fans’ ears, as the South American attacker has flopped since his summer move. The striker failed to adapt to the rigours of English football and moving to the more technical La Liga could see Calleri regain the kind of form that earned him a move to Europe in the first place. Making just nine appearances in total, the striker’s decision could see Bilic finally bring in a new striker this month as talks continue with Championship side Brentford over a possible move for Scott Hogan. The Scottish star was left out of the Bees’ side to face Newcastle on the weekend, as a move seems to gather pace.
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