Striker target's father: Move to West Ham would be perfect solution after collapsed deal
By Will Butcher
A move to West Ham would be a good deal for Juventus striker Simone Zaza, according to the Italian hotshot’s father Antonio Zaza.
Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his website that West Ham are have been keeping close tabs on the £27million-rated player all summer and he was linked with a loan move to the club on Sunday.
Now, in quotes published by Italian outlet Gazza Mercato, Zaza’s father declared that a move to east London would be an ideal solution.
“West Ham is a welcome solution, something that is more concrete,” Antonio said. “It is a solution we take very seriously.
“We must see what Juventus do, but we will have some news shortly.”
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The former Sassuolo striker has also been interesting German side Wolfsburg, who reportedly made an offer of around £27million.
However, a breakdown in talks with the Germans has left the Italy international in the lurch, despite remaining keen to leave after falling down the pecking order behind the likes of Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and new signing Gonzalo Higuain.
“We found on the table a contract proposal very different from what we envisaged at the beginning from Wolfsburg,” Antonio said. “We are unlikely to reopen those negotiations.”
The London club could now return with another offer for Zaza, who still has four years left on his current deal. Manager Slaven Bilic is desperate for a striker after losing Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew to injury.
The Italy international 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.
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