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Club chief confident of landing West Ham United player

West Ham fans are discussing a potential exit from East London in the Transfer Tavern, following comments made by a club president.

The IBTimes quotes Las Palmas president Miguel Angel Ramirez as telling a club radio show he’s confident a deal with West Ham will be made for the services of Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri, who is keen to leave Slaven Bilic’s side.

23-year-old forward Calleri has struggled to make an impact in the Premier League and looks set to move on earlier than expected but Las Palmas have been in talks with Calleri, and his former Deportivo Maldonado team-mate Hernan Toledo, since the beginning of January without a breakthrough.

However, in comments made to Spanish radio, the Spanish side’s president claimed an outcome is imminent.

“There are two players we want and who are very close to join us: Calleri and Toledo. Everything was made public too soon and maybe they would both be here if media have not reported (about our interest in both players). I closed the contracts with Maldonado, their agents and the teams in which they are currently on loan (West Ham and Fiorentina) a month ago. We already wanted them in the summer but West Ham and Fiorentina got them instead because they paid more.”

“I closed the deals for them to come here (in January) a month ago with all the parties but as the transfer window is now ending the clubs are now asking for more money and I will not pay more,”

“Last week I said they were going to arrive (in Las Palmas to complete the move). On Saturday Calleri’s representative in London called us to ask why we had not made the official as everything was done.”

“But I told him that West Ham were yet to send me an email to confirm it as now the club (West Ham) want a few more days (to make a decision). I am convinced that he will arrive but if he does not come nothing happens we will get another one.”

Calleri made a return to West Ham’s side for the victory over Middlesbrough at the weekend, netting his first Hammers goal, and our landlord feels he could remain at the club if a replacement is not signed.

A number of Hammers here in the Tavern admit they’d like to see a bit more of Calleri, and think he hasn’t been given a fair crack at the whip!

Should Calleri be allowed to leave this month? Let us know in the comments below!

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