By Will Butcher
West Ham are set to announce the signing of Italy international Simone Zaza, after the Juventus striker was due to undergo a medical with the cub on Friday, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol revealed via his Twitter account that the move will mean an end to the Hammers’ interest in Premier League duo Wilfried Bony and Loic Remy.
The BBC claim that manager Slaven Bilic is said to have confirmed a deal for the striker, in a deal that is set to stand as the Hammers’ record transfer fee, worth £24million.
The 25-year-old has already agreed personal terms with the Hammers, who crashed out of the Europa League to Romanian outfit Astra Giurgiu on Thursday night.
Zaza, 25, helped Juventus complete a domestic double in the recently completed season with the Serie A title and the Italian Cup, although forwards Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata kept his game time limited.
The striker scored eight goals in 24 appearances in all competitions during the 2015-16 campaign.
Hammers’ fans will be delighted to sign a striker after injuries to attacking duo Andy Carroll and new £20.5million signing Andre Ayew.
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