West Ham United are reportedly holding up Jonathan Calleri’s transfer to Las Palmas. Even though the striker’s departure seemed pretty certain, the London club could end up keeping him due to the difficulty to find a replacement.

That’s what Canarias7 are reporting today, as they give updates on all the possible arrivals at La Liga side UD Las Palmas.

The website claims that Las Palmas has an agreement with West Ham and the group of investors who own Calleri’s rights, but they still couldn’t get the final green light from the Hammers.

But they say that ‘a relative’ who often works as his agent has recently visited the Spanish club and the deal should still be on. It’s expected that the player is released in the ‘next few hours’.

The saga has been dragging for so much time that it’s pretty difficult to believe it will end so soon. The relative is obviously Calleri’s father, who has been working on a transfer for the entire month, but still hasn’t been able to close it.

After five months at West Ham, Calleri finally scored his first goal for the English club last weekend. He’s on loan there from Maldonado until the end of the season, with the Hammers having a buying option clause.