By Tony Hughes
West Ham have opened talks with Napoli over a potential swap deal involving strikers Simone Zaza and Manolo Gabbiadini.
The Daily Star claim that the Hammers are ready to cut their losses on loan signing Zaza just over two months after he began a season-long loan from Juventus.
It is said that West Ham are weighing up whether to sign the Italy international on a permanent deal and then sell him on to Napoli in part-exchange for Gabbiadini.
The report states that sources close to Zaza have revealed that talks are now underway to take the 25-year-old to Naples.
A clause in Zaza’s loan deal means the Hammers have an option to make his move permanent for around £20million once he has played a stipulated number of matches.
West Ham also have the option to send Zaza back to Juventus early for just the £5million loan fee they paid to sign him.
The Juventus player has failed to score in 528 minutes of action for the London club this season, a run stretching across nine Premier League and League Cup matches.
Everton came close to signing Gabbiadini in the summer only for Napoli to pull the plug on a transfer.
But Gabbiadini, who has six caps for Italy, has also endured a slow start to the season with his 12 matches in all competitions yielding just two goals.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club are lining up a January loan for a 110-cap Spain international.