West Ham boss confirms imminent striker deal, but rubbishes talk of £60m ace swoop

Slaven Bilic has confirmed that Jonathan Calleri will complete his long talked about move to West Ham “pretty soon” and that a swoop for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette is not being considered in the east end of London.

The Hammers have been extremely active in the transfer market this summer, with their latest double swoop for Andre Ayew and Arthur Masuaku having taken the new arrival tally in Stratford to NINE.

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However, Bilic confirmed last week that he wants more signings, with Calleri having been aligned with the London Stadium side.

A loan move for the Argentine forward – who is registered to Deportivo Maldonado in Uruguay, yet owned by third party investors – has been widely reported as being close, and now the Croatian tactician has confirmed that he is on the verge of joining the club, but that a move for Lacazette is not being considered.

Speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Chelsea on Monday, Bilic said: “We were lacking options there [up front] and we really wanted to do it. I spoke to the chairman and maybe we need one more player.

“100 per cent we will not go for Lacazette. We will sign Calleri and he will be with us pretty soon depending on the work permit.

“He [Calleri] is a top striker and we have a good balance in the squad. We have a big couple of weeks in front of us with five big games.

Lacazette has been aligned with a move to West Ham in recent days, but reports claim that Lyon have slapped a £60m price-tag on their key man in a bid to fight off interest.