West Ham are set to announce the loan signing of Jonathan Calleri

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West Ham United are set to announce the loan signing of Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri, according to the Evening Standard.

The 22-year-old is to join the Hammers as Slaven Bilic looks to strengthen his forward line for the new season.

West Ham have seen themselves knocked back in a number of deals for forwards this summer, with Michy Batshuayi and Alexandre Lacazette the most notable, so far.


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The club are still waiting on AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca, who is yet to respond to their offer, though it is thought he wants Champions League football, which is something the Premier League side cannot offer.

The futures of Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho, in particular, are up in the air, which has left Bilic in the market for two new strikers.

Calleri will certainly ease the pressure, though they'll still be looking for the top striker they've targeted all summer, such as Bacca, Lacazette, and Batshuayi.

Former Boca Juniors striker, Calleri, joined Deportivo Maldonado from the Argentine club, where he hasn't yet played. He was, however, sent out on loan to Sao Paulo, where he scored three goals in five appearances.

He started his career with Primera B Nacional side All Boys, where he scored five goals in 28 league games, before moving to Argentina with Boca Juniors. He then spent just a year at the club, in which he scored 16 goals in 41 Primera Division games.

Co-chairman David Sullivan did confirm back in May he was willing to pay circa £30million to sign a top striker, with the search set to continue if Bacca is to reject the move to London.

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