West Ham in talks on Monday night to seal loan-to-buy deal worth £24.1m - report

By London correspondent Tony Hughes

West Ham held talks with Juventus on Monday night to seal a loan-to-buy deal for Simone Zaza, according to a report.

Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his website that the Hammers are trying to thrash out a deal for the striker.

It is said that Juventus want a loan fee of £5.2million with the option to buy next summer set a £18.9million.

The report states that negotiations are set to recommence between the two clubs on Tuesday.

West Ham are also closely tracking Wilfried Bony as he is not part of Pep Guardiola’s plans at Manchester City.

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The Hammers have made a fresh move for Italy international Zaza after the Juventus man’s move to Wolfsburg collapsed earlier this week.

The Italy international could be 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 injured on his debut against Chelsea on Monday night.

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.

Bony, 27, is on the hunt for regular first team football again but the Sun report that Bony has already rejected a move to the Chinese Super League this summer and is said to be keen on making a move to the Olympic Stadium.

In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers have lined up a move for an experienced international right-back.