Michy Batshuayi, Alexandre Lacazette, Carlos Bacca, Jonathan Calleri… The list of strikers linked with a move to West Ham has been pretty solid this summer, but still no signing has been made.
With the first two seemingly out of the picture, it’s down to either Carlos Bacca or Jonathan Calleri to potentially lead the Hammers’ frontline next season, and Tuttosport think it might be the latter.
According to the Italian newspaper, the player’s passport problems have now been sorted (they stopped him from a January move), and the young Argentinean is now allegedly ‘close to West Ham’, where he would join from Deportivo Maldonado after spending the last six months on loan at Sao Paulo FC.
Inter Milan were very strongly linked back in January, and Tuttosport say that if the Italian club were to renew their interest, things could go downhill for West Ham very quickly.
However, for that to happen, they would probably have to sell Mauro Icardi, and considering the Serie A club’s stance on that matter is ‘he is unsellable’, that remains unlikely.
No fee is mentioned, but with Kia Joorbachian, Pini Zahavi and Stellar Group Ltd managing his interests, you’d expect things to be sorted shortly.
The 22-year-old is currently with his country’s U23 national team preparing for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, meaning a deal would probably either happen before or after the great sporting event, allowing him to focus on the competition once it has started.