By Joe Nelson
West Ham finally completed the loan-to-buy signing of Simone Zaza on Sunday – and supporters reacted with joy on Twitter.
The Hammers confirmed the arrival of the 25-year-old, who has joined on a season-long loan from Juventus that has the potential to smash their transfer record.
I am delighted to confirm that Zaza has signed a one year loan contract with a option to buy. Good luck Simone. dg pic.twitter.com/MPDJ0eE8RF
— David Gold (@davidgold) August 28, 2016
The deal will cost West Ham £5million this season and includes an obligation to make the move permanent for a further £20million if he makes a certain amount of appearances.
Zaza becomes Slaven Bilic’s 11th signing of the summer transfer window, adding to the likes of Sofiane Feghouli, Havard Nordtveit and Andre Ayew, who became the club’s record signing when he joined from Swansea for £20.5million.
The need for a striker was obvious for West Ham fans, as injuries to new signing Ayew and recently Andy Carroll have left the Hammers bare up front.
Despite playing second-fiddle to the likes of Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala last season, Zaza had eight goals to his name last season in 24 appearances in all competitions last campaign.
However, despite having a good tournament, the striker will be remembered for one thing, that being blazing a penalty wildly over the bar after an extravagant run-up in Italy’s shoot-out defeat to Germany in the quarter-finals.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the move:
Zaza is a very good signing for West Ham, finally got a top quality striker in, might be able to challenge for top 8 now.
— NM (@ffsRooney) August 28, 2016
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 28, 2016
Zaza addition makes our squad a lot stronger. Very decent signing! Just need to leave penalties to Mark Noble!
— Spencer FC (@SpencerOwen) August 28, 2016
Really sucks seeing Zaza go, the financials make sense, and for him it does too but such a stud. Think he will become someone.
— Marco Messina (@Marcocalcio22) August 28, 2016
— Grant Parker (@hammergrantN7) August 28, 2016
Nobes better stay on pens ????#WelcomeZaza
— Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) August 27, 2016
— Tim Tate (@TT_Herts) August 28, 2016
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