By Alex Demarco

West Ham United’s summer signing Simone Zaza could be heading towards the exit door, despite joining the club just two months ago according to Calcio Mercato.

Cesare Prandelli, the Italian manager now in charge of Spanish side Valencia, is reportedly interested in signing his fellow countryman in the January transfer window.

Los Che have failed to adequately replace key man Paco Alcacer, who they sold to Barcelona over the summer.

Serie A side Napoli are also thought to be interested in signing the Italian striker, especially now that first-choice attacker Arkadiusz Milik will be out for a few months with a knee ligament injury.

Back in August, the Hammers agreed a season-long loan with Juventus for Zaza, but that will become a permanent transfer once he has played ten games for the club.

However, the 25-year-old has struggled in London and has failed to find the back of the net in his four appearances for Slaven Bilic’s men, who currently find themselves in 18th place in the Premier League and have found goals hard to come by, especially with key strikers Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew out injured.

The former Sassuolo man formed part of the Italian national team at last summer’s European Championships, where he missed a penalty in the quarter-final shootout defeat to Germany.

Zaza was overlooked by coach Giampiero Ventura for this round of international fixtures and will be hoping to start West Ham’s next league match, away to Crystal Palace on Saturday evening.


  1. The ditching, if done at all, will be by West Ham, not Zaza. The club have the option to sign him. The trigger is 14 appearances, not 10 as eroneously reported. If West Ham don’t see an improvement in performance they won’t trigger the deal.


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