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West Ham finalize Calleri loan deal

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed that the Hammers have completed a loan deal for striker Jonathan Calleri from Deportivo Maldonado.

The 22-year-old Argentine’s move is subject on getting a work permit, but Bilic hopes that will join the team soon after getting knocked out of the Olympic soccer tournament in Rio with Argentina.

“We signed Calleri,” Bilic said. “Unfortunately for him but good for us Argentina were knocked out of the Olympics on Wednesday, they didn’t pass the group stage so he should be here with us – not today, not tomorrow, but pretty soon, depending on work permit or whatever.

“We did the deal not a long time ago but not yesterday, and he is a top striker as well. You need a squad but it is also about the balance.”

After scoring five goals in 28 appearances for All Boys during the 2013/14, Calleri signed with Argentine powerhouse Boca Juniors. He scored 16 goals for Boca during the 2014/15 season before joining Uruguayan side Deportivo Maldonado. But instead of featuring for his new club, he spent six months on loan at Brazilian side Sao Paulo.

West Ham are reportedly in the market for another striker. A £26 million bid for AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca was accepted weeks ago, but the player has yet to make up his mind. The Hammers recently set a new club record as they brought in Andre Ayew from Swansea for £20.5 million.

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