By Tom Blackburn
Arsenal are interested in West Ham target Simone Zaza, according to a report.
Italian website Tutto Mercato Web claim that Arsene Wenger wants to end his search for a striker by capturing Zaza, but the Italy international also being chased by West Ham, Everton, Napoli and Southampton.
Journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his website that West Ham held talks with Juventus on Monday night to try and strike a deal for Zaza, before then saying on his website that Napoli had held talks with the frontman on Tuesday.
The Sun reported on Tuesday that new Southampton manager Claude Puel has identified Zaza as the player to rejuvenate his frontline in his debut Premier League season.
It is said that Juventus want a loan fee of £5.2million with the option to buy next summer set at £18.9million.
Zaza helped Juventus complete a domestic double last season with the Serie A title and the Italian Cup, although forwards Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata have kept his game time limited.
The striker scored eight goals in 24 appearances in all competitions during the 2015-16 campaign.
The Gunners have been in the market all summer for a new striker but have thus far been unsuccessful.
They looked set to sign Leicester striker Jamie Vardy at the start of the summer and had a medical with the Englishman before he opted to stay with the Premier League champions, while pursuits of Alexandre Lacazette, Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morato have all seemingly failed.
They have begun the season poorly with a 4-3 loss to Liverpool and 0-0 draw with Leicester, and have had to rely on attacking midfielder Alexis Sanchez to lead the attack in Olivier Giroud’s absence.
In other Arsenal transfer news, they are to offload a £16million player in the next week.