Two more days to the close of the transfer market.
Arsenal have – as expected – missed out on the signing of Juventus’ Simone Zaza, after West Ham announced the capture of the forward on an initial season-long loan transfer, Sky Sports report.
The above named source reveal that Slaven Bilic’s side have signed Zaza for a fee around £5m, with an option to secure the deal on a permanent basis for £20m based on his appearances for The Hammers.
TalkSPORT revealed back in July that Arsenal and fellow London rivals, Chelsea registered a keen interest in Zaza – famed for his horrible penalty miss for his nation in the European Championships.
The Italian striker, 25, found it difficult to play regularly for the Bianconeris last season as he was behind the likes of Alvaro Morata, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic in the pecking order under boss Massimiliano Allegri. But he still managed to score 8 goals in 24 appearances for the Serie A champions.
Zaza has already featured against his new employers this season, scoring the winner for Juventus in their 3-2 friendly victory over The Hammers.
He said, on West Ham’s official website:
“I want to thank everyone for welcoming me including the fans and everyone at the club. I wanted to start a new experience and I feel this is the right choice for me. I have been fortunate enough to have already played at the new Stadium with a different shirt. It is a beautiful stadium and I felt the warmth of the fans and this was a big reason why I wanted to join the club. I want to become a better player and I know I can do that at West Ham. Unfortunately we could not qualify for the Europa League, but I am hoping I can help the club do that next season.”