West Ham have a greed a deal for Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri to join the club, but the transfer hinges on the player securing a work permit, according to well known club insider, Jack Sullivan.
The Hammers have chased a wide array for centre-forwards this summer as manager Slaven Bilic looks to add firepower to his ranks as the Irons gear up for Europa League and domestic football.
Moves for Alexandre Lacazette, Carlos Bacca and Carlos Tevez appear to have all fallen through, while there is speculation that the London club are looking towards Godoy Cruz’s Jaime Ayovi in what seems to be a signal that they’ve moved away from ‘marquee’ names.
There have been fears that West Ham may end up with limited options up top by the time the season officially starts, but Jack Sullivan, son of club co-owner David Sullivan, has taken to Twitter to reveal that a move for Calleri is close:
“Calleri has agreed to come however, it is subject to a work permit application in a week’s time.”
Calleri has agreed to come however, it is subject to a work permit application in a weeks time.
— Jack Sullivan (@jsullivanwhu) July 20, 2016
Sullivan’s claims back up recent reports from South America that a loan deal for Calleri to join West Ham is close.
The 22-year-old is currently registered to Uruguayan second tier team Deportivo Maldonado, but his rights are actually owned by third party investors.
Calleri is on loan at Sao Paulo now after leaving Boca Juniors earlier this year.
The pacey forward has netted three goals in five Brazilian Serie A matches in the 2016 season.