Medical booked, West Ham edge closer to long awaited striker signing


West Ham have edged closer to the capture of Deportivo Maldonado striker Jonathan Calleri, according to Calciomercato.

The club have been eagerly awaiting a work permit for the 22-year-old, but after positive developments late last week the striker is now in way London to undergo a medical and finalise a loan move.

Obtaining a work permit initially seemed a major stumbling block, but it has since transpired that Calleri has been granted an EU passport due to his Italian heritage.

It is believed Calleri flew to London immediately after the Argentina Olympic side beat Haiti 3-1 two days ago, and will rejoin the squad after officially completing his move to the Hammers.

It is being reported that the striker, who has netted 16 goals in 31 appearances while on loan at Sao Paulo since January, rejected offers from Sevilla, Inter Milan, Villarreal and Swansea in favour of a move to East London.

This deal would bring some relief to the club, who have been desperately searching from reinforcements up front all summer. But after a number of frustrating negotiations with some of the big striker stars across Europe, manager Slaven Bilic has been forced to look elsewhere.

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