Scrambling around the transfer market for a new striker, West Ham ended up lumping on two loans for two forwards who are yet to score a goal between them.
Requested by Slaven Bilic, Jonathan Calleri’s loan from Deportivo Maldonado in Uruguay (it’s complicated) hasn’t exactly gone to plan, with the player yet to produce anything worthy of a mention in nine appearances for the Hammers.
In fact, the player’s only useful input has been an assist in an U23 game against West Brom’s reserves on Halloween.
This led to reports of an early loan cancellation to emerge on Tuesday, with Fichajes.com, sister website to France’s FootMercato, reporting they have information of three La Liga clubs interested in the Argentinean’s services for the second half of the season.
The Spanish website claims Malaga, Sevilla and Valencia are all looking for a striker to help them put the ball in the back of the net, and the trio have ‘already taken a step forward’ in their interest for the West Ham striker.
What that step consists of isn’t revealed, but it wouldn’t be surprising if contact through an intermediary to see if the player has any interest of joining them had been made.
Either that or the clubs have already spoken to the Hammers.
We’ll have to see if more comes out in the coming days regarding this, but considering the player’s form at the London Stadium so far, an early exit might not be the worst scenario for West Ham.