Sao Paulo have confirmed that West Ham striker Jonathan Calleri wants to move to the side but they have issues they have to overcome, a club director is quoted as saying by Globo Esporte.
Jonathan Calleri hasn’t had the impact he would have hoped in East London and in the Hammers’ struggles to find a central-forward, the Argentine youngster is yet to start a Premier League match and is yet to find the net in English football.
Recently rejecting a move to Spanish side UD Las Palmas, Calleri’s time at West Ham looks to be brief and Sao Paulo, who boasted the Argentine striker amongst their ranks for a short period last year, are keen to bring the 23-year-old back to South America.
In a press conference, Sao Paulo president José Jacobson Neto said:
“I think we lack a number nine. Otherwise, I think we’re well prepared for this first semester. Calleri is interested, but there is the problem with the investor group, who paid a lot for him and want him to stay in European football, even if he doesn’t stay in West Ham.”
“São Paulo can’t invest anything, it’s out of our reality. In addition, a six-month loan does not interest us. I can’t bring Calleri for a short time again. Last year, we had the Libertadores.”
It’s looking more and more likely that Jonathan Calleri will not be a West Ham player by the end of the January window as the situation is turning sour, with Calleri wanting to return to Sao Paulo and the player’s father being far from happy.
Unfortunately, it’s another South American mess as Sao Paulo found themselves used by a group of investors last year, who wanted the player to excel in Brazil before being sold to Europe, and it’s left a talented youngster stuck in a disappointing tussle.