Slaven Bilic needs to move quickly to secure moves for a new left-back and a striker following Diafra Sakho’s departure to WBA and Aaron Cresswell’s knee injury that will keep him sidelined for four months.
Jonathan Calleri is close to signing a season-long loan deal from
Uruguayan side Deportivo Maldonado, as the 22-year-old player expecting to arrive at Olympic Stadium in the next few days.
The deal will not include an option for a permanent move at the end of the season, but the former Boca Juniors forward could be a useful addition to the West Ham squad. He spent the last year on loan at Sao Paulo, and will represent Argentina at the upcoming Olympics in Rio.
The Hammers could finalise the transfer of Swansea’s Andre Ayew in the next few days after lodging a £20 million bid last week which is the valuation of the Ghanaian star.
Bilic will use £16 million from Sakho’s move to bring the exciting forward who scored 12 goals in the Premier League last season. However, Swansea is not willing to let him go until finding a replacement first, and Fernando Llorente has emerged as their top target.
West Ham had £3m and £4m bids turned down from Norwich City for the Swedish left-back Martin Olsson, and it appears that Bilic will end the pursuit of the 28-year-old and move on to a loan deal for Davide Santon instead.
The Italian will be in London for a medical today, and the former Newcastle United player should sign a season-long loan deal for a fee of £460,000, including the permanent move option for £5 million at the end of the season.
The left-back is a priority for Slaven Bilic as he is currently without an available player who can fill the spot. Sam Byram did it against Domzale in the Europa League qualification match, but the Croatian tactician wasn’t satisfied with what he saw.
Santon didn’t have the best of times at Newcastle earlier in his career, but wanted to come back to England, and West Ham is likely his next destination.