Jonathan Calleri is ready to cut short his ill-fated spell with West Ham United and move elsewhere, as he seeks regular first-team football, according to The Guardian.

Italian sides Fiorentina and Sampdoria and reportedly ready to battle it out for the forward’s signature, with Spanish outfit Las Palmas also interested.

Calleri moved to The Hammers last summer, after representing Argentina at the 2016 Olympic Games, from Uruguayan side Deportivo Maldonado on a season-long loan, with the option of turning it into a permanent deal.

However, the 23-year-old, who was widely considered to be one of Argentina’s most promising strikers, has failed to impress and has struggled for minutes on the pitch under manager Slaven Bilic.

He has made just six appearances for the Irons, failing to even make the substitute bench for the past nine games.

Bilic, who is looking to bring in more attacking options this month, has told the Argentine that he will not stand in his way should he find a new club.

Calleri is unlikely to be short of options, with both Fiorentina and Sampdoria interested in taking him on loan until the end of the campaign, with a £4 million option to buy.

Las Palmas would also face competition for the forward from fellow La Liga side Leganés.  Any potential loan move, though, could depend on clearance from governing body Fifa, since the forward has already had two loan moves in the past 12 months.

West Ham have have endured a disappointing campaign so far, with their 23 goals in 20 Premier League games leaving them just seven points ahead of the relegation zone.

Their search for a new striker has seen them have bids for Brentford’s Scott Hogan and Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe rejected, whilst they are also thought to be interested in Celtic’s highly-rated youngster Moussa Dembele.


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