Hammers land target

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has revealed a deal is in place to sign Deportivo Maldonado striker Jonathan Calleri on loan for a season.

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Co-owner David Sullivan had revealed that a work permit issue had been holding up the deal for Calleri, who has agreed to move to the Olympic Stadium rather than Inter Milan or Sevilla.

The Hammers do not appear concerned about red tape preventing them from signing Calleri, with Sullivan claiming the situation should be rectified “in a week”.

Bilic said the deal is almost done for Calleri, who spent the first six months of the year on loan with Brazilian side Sao Paulo and was top scorer in the Copa Libertadores.

The Hammers boss said: “We signed Calleri, unfortunately for him but good for us Argentina were knocked out of the Olympics, they didn’t pass the group stage so he should be here with us pretty soon, depending on work permit or whatever.

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

Bilic, meanwhile, has ruled out a late move for Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazette, saying: “100 per cent not… we need a squad but I’m happy.”

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