West Ham close to £13m striker swoop


West Ham are hoping to complete a move for Juventus striker Simone Zaza this week, according to the Express.

Injuries to Andy Carroll, Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate, as well as the sale of Modibo Maiga to Saudi outfit Al Nassr, means manager Slaven Bilic only has Diafra Sakho available as a striker.

But the club’s summer-long search for a striker looks set to come to an end as Zaza, who only joined Juve from Sassuolo at the beginning of July, flies in to London for a medical.

The Express claim we’re hoping to secure a season-long loan for a fee of around £2million with the option of signing the 24-year-old permanently for £11m next summer.

Zaza netted 12 goals in 34 league outings for Sassuolo last season and secured a €18m switch to Turin giants Juve earlier this summer.

But the arrivals of Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala appear to have already limited the Italy international’s playing time with The Old Lady, and he now looks set for a move to the Boleyn Ground in time for our trip to Anfield on Saturday.

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