By Tony Hughes
Simone Zaza has become a West Ham player, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports Italy correspondent Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his personal Twitter account that the striker has signed for the London club to complete a move from Juventus.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) August 27, 2016
Di Marzio claimed on his website that Zaza has joined the Hammers initially on a season-long loan with an obligation for the transfer to become permanent next summer for £24million.
The Hammers managing director Karren Brady admitted earlier on Saturday thaqt her club were closing in on Zaza and that the fee will be over £20million.
This is set to smash the club’s transfer record for the second time in weeks after Andre Ayew was signed from Swansea in a £20.5million deal.
Brady gave some insight into the London outfit’s behind-the-scenes efforts to strengthen Slaven Bilic’s squad.
“West Ham transfer business this summer has been a runaway train of deals, counter deals, meetings, offers, medicals and, in some cases, crashed hopes,” Brady wrote in her column in the Sun. “The engine to all this is the huge TV revenues.
“My calculation is that transfers are costing Premier League clubs about 25 per cent more than last season.
“We are determined to stay in the race, though, and so far this summer have spent £40million. And if Simone Zaza signs, over £60m, a new record for us.”
Jack Sullivan, the son of West Ham’s co-owner David Sullivan, reported on his personal Twitter account on Friday afternoon that an unnamed player had flown in for talks and was heading to his house.
A Player has landed and has just gone to dads house 👀👀👀
— Jack Sullivan (@jsullivanwhu) August 26, 2016
It was reported on Friday afternoon that the Hammers were set to announce the signing of Italy international Zaza and it is thought that was the player they have flown into London.
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 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, who has earned 14 Italy caps, 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 Ayew and Andy Carroll.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers completed their ninth summer signing after Edimilson Fernandes signed from Swiss side FC Sion.