Jonathan Calleri could be leaving West Ham without scoring any goals for the club.
As reported by Brazilian journalist Jorge Nícola today, the player’s father has contacted his former club São Paulo to tell the president that Calleri is trying to terminate his contract with the Hammers in January.
The news has reportedly excited the president, who would like to have the player right away. Even though São Paulo normally don’t pay more than R$300k for their players, they’d go as far as R$500k for the striker.
An unnamed board member talked to Nicola and said: “Calleri made it very clear that he wants to return to São Paulo. He hasn’t even been called up for the Premier League games in England.”
The information that Calleri is only on loan at West Ham has reportedly caught many São Paulo officials as a surprise. The club thought the Hammers had bought the player during the summer.
But the 23-year-old still belongs to Maldonado, an Uruguayan club which is used by an investment group, so São Paulo think they could repeat the same deal they had last year.
Calleri played for São Paulo between January and July. He scored 16 goals in 31 games for the club, so the fans still miss him.
The player’s last appearance for West Ham was in October against Sunderland. He’s played nine games for the club, but couldn’t even make an assist so far.