By Wayne Veysey

8th Dec, 2016 | 8:20pm

Deal edges closer: West Ham January striker transfer likely to happen - report

By Harry Sykes

West Ham flop Simone Zaza is set to leave the club in the January transfer window, according to a report.

ESPN FC claim it is “likely” that the striker’s disastrous spell in east London will be brought to an end next month.

It is said that Zaza’s future could be tied to that of countryman and fellow forward Manolo Gabbiadini, who has coincidentally attracted interest from West Ham as well as Everton and Stoke.

ESPN report that Napoli are more likely allow Gabbiadini to leave the San Paolo if they can negotiate a deal to sign Zaza with his parent club Juventus.

Zaza joined the Hammers in a loan-to-buy deal in the summer but has made little impact at the London in his 11 appearances.

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The Italy international, who has won 16 caps for his country, is yet to score or supply an assist in 571 minutes of action and has dropped down the striker pecking order despite the absences of striker rivals Andy Carroll and Diafro Sakho.

Football Insider verdict:

Zaza arrived at West Ham to much fanfare, with the club proudly hailing him as a potential record transfer if his loan deal was converted into a permanent transfer. The complexities of the loan deal with parent club Juventus will be known only to the two parties, but West Ham will be trying their utmost to wriggle out of a paying an extra £20million to sign the flop forward permanently. His 571 minutes of action have made  agonising viewing for West Ham fans who were so unimpressed that they began pining for Diafro Sakho. Enough said.

In other West Ham transfer news, the club have sealed their first January signing.