By Will Butcher
Jonathan Calleri seems set to remain at West Ham until the end of his season-long loan after transfer talks with Slaven Bilic, according to a reliable journalist.
The Argentine has scored just one goal since moving to east London from Uruguayan side Deportivo Maldonado, finding the net with a deflected effort against Middlesbrough earlier this month.
Guardian reporter Ed Aarons revealed on his personal Twitter account that the 23-year-old will now stay at the London Stadium after holding talks over his future with manager Slaven Bilic.
Jonathan Calleri now expected to stay at West Ham on loan until the end of the season after talks with Slaven Bilic #whufc
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) January 30, 2017
The news comes as a surprise after a report on Gianluca Di Marzio’s website claimed Calleri was to cancel his Hammers loan to join La Liga side Las Palmas for the second half of 2016-17.
However, it seems that the Argentinian has changed his mind in order to fight for his place in claret and blue, after the Hammers allowed Simone Zaza to join La Liga side Valencia.
Calleri has failed to make a single start for the Hammers in the Premier League, making seven appearances as a substitute as Bilic continues to scour the market for a new striker.
However, after scoring for the Hammers against Boro, Calleri could now be given more of a chance in the second half of the season.
Football Insider verdict:
Keeping Calleri seems like a poor decision from the Hammers. With the likely signing of Brentford goal machine Scott Hogan, Bilic also has Andy Carroll at his disposal. Diafra Sakho is nearing a return from a back operation, while Andre Ayew is less than a week away from returning from the Africa Cup of Nations with the final to be held on February 5. That means Calleri could become fifth-choice striker at the London Stadium if he does end up staying with Slaven Bilic’s side, which will see his career continue to stagnate in the reserves. However, it could mean that the Hogan move isn’t going to materialise, and that Bilic has seen something after Calleri finally scored his goal. Either way, it’s not news that will delight Hammers fans.
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