Report: West Ham agree £24m transfer, meeting on Thursday night to finalise personal terms
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
West Ham have agreed a loan-to-buy deal with Juventus for Simone Zaza worth £24.1million, according to a report.
Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his website that the Hammers have settled the terms of the transfer.
It is said that West Ham will take striker Zaza on a season-long-loan with the obligation to buy next summer set at £24.1million.
The report states that an intermediary from the London club will meet with Zaza’s father, who is also his agent, on Thursday night to finalise personal terms.
The Hammers made a fresh move for Italy international Zaza after the Juventus man’s move to Wolfsburg collapsed last week.
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The Italy international is available for a loan move after Juventus signed Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli this summer.
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.
West Ham are searching for a short-term attacking option after new £20.5million signing Andre Ayew was ruled out for four months with a thigh injury and Andy Carroll suffered a knee injury that will sideline him until October.
Fans were left reeling after it emerged that Ayew could be out of action until the end of the year after suffering a thigh injury.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers have lined up a move for an experienced international right-back.