Done deal: Summer striker transfer agreed after West Ham contract cancelled
By Harry Sykes
Valencia have agreed to activate the permanent clause in Simone Zaza’s loan deal and sign him from Juventus, it has been confirmed.
The Spanish club announced on their official website on Monday afternoon that the player who initially joined West Ham on a season-long loan last summer has agreed a transfer.
Valencia revealed that Zaza will become a permanent player for the club on 1 July in accordance with the terms of the loan-to-buy deal that took him to Spain in the January transfer window.
— Valencia CF English (@valenciacf_en) April 10, 2017
The Italy international has agreed a four-year contract that runs until the summer of 2021.
Zaza will join Valencia from Juventus for a reported fee of £13.7million after a miserable half-season at West Ham.
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The 25-year-old failed to score in 11 appearances for the Londoners after West Ham signed him on a season-long loan-to-buy deal which stated they would have to sign him permanently for £20million if he played 14 times.
The Hammers contract was cancelled to enable him to re-route to Valencia in the January transfer window.
Zaza has impressed in Spain, scoring four times in 14 matches, including twice in Sunday’s win against lowly Granada.
Meanwhile, West Ham gave their survival bid a massive boost with a 1-0 Premier League win over Swansea on Saturday.
Slaven Bilic’s side had lost five consecutive matches heading into the clash against relegation-threatened Swansea at the London Stadium.
But the Hammers secured the points when through a stunning Cheikhou Kouyate strike shortly before half-time.
Bilic’s side have climbed to 14th in the table with 36 points from 32 Premier League matches, while Paul Clement’s visitors are in the final relegation place with 28 points.