West Ham have confirmed they are “moving in on” Argentine striker Jonathon Calleri, according to reports on Thursday.
Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio claimed The Hammers were tracking the Boca Juniors frontman on Wednesday, but now West Ham fans site ClaretandHugh report that a “top source” has confirmed that Calleri is a target for Slaven Bilic.
“We are hopeful but his club are still in Copa Libertadores and he can’t go anywhere until they are out of that. We are working hard on it and you can never be sure what might happen but we are hopeful. He’s a decent player,” said a source in the report.
The 22-year-old Calleri hit 16 goals in 41 games for Boca Juniors to make a real name for himself, before joining Uruguayan team Deportivo Maldonado in an investor group deal. He has since been sent out on loan to Sao Paulo in Brazil and has scored 12 goals in 24 games to catch the eye of the West Ham scouts.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) June 8, 2016
Tottenham, Chelsea Stoke and Inter Milan are also said to have been looking at the £7million-rated Calleri, who Boca claim could have been sold in the winter transfer window.
In November Boca president Daniel Angelici told Radio America & Closs: “He could be sold at Christmas as there are good offers and we don’t want to stand in his way.
“But at the moment, no deal has been closed, and there is only chatter.”
His registration could be a stumbling block though as third party rules in the Premier League mean West Ham would have to buy Calleri’s registration outright from the group which owns his contract.