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Q: 2023/24 Hopes & aspirations for this season
a. As Champions of Europe there's no reason we shouldn't be pushing for a top 7 spot & a run in the Cups
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Alan 11:13 Wed Aug 24
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Hammers land Italy star Zaza

West Ham United land Italy international striker Simone Zaza on initial season-long loan
Prolific centre forward joins from Italian champions Juventus
Zaza has already scored at London Stadium in Betway Cup earlier this month

West Ham United have added star power to their forward line by signing Italy international striker Simone Zaza.

The 25-year-old forward joins the Hammers for an initial €5m loan fee, with a permanent fee of €20m automatically triggered after a certain number of Premier League appearances this season, plus a further €3m in contingent payments.

The latest arrival takes the Club's spending to more than £60m this summer, with Zaza becoming West Ham’s eleventh signing of a busy transfer window.

The signing again illustrates the Board’s commitment to reinvesting the revenue raised from the Club’s move to London Stadium and building a squad commensurate with those stunning surroundings.

A strong, quick centre forward blessed with powerful aerial ability and a lethal left foot, Zaza arrives in east London after helping Juve win Serie A and featuring for his country at UEFA Euro 2016.

Zaza, who scored Juve’s winner in the Betway Cup win at London Stadium earlier this month, cannot wait to get started under new manager Slaven Bilic.

Zaza said: “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.”

Capped 14 times by the Azzurri, Zaza was born in Policoro in the far south of Italy, where he started his career with Stella Azzurra Bernalda as a schoolboy.

After four years with Valdera, the left-sided forward made his senior breakthrough with Bergamo-based Atalanta, where he made his first-team debut at the age of 17 in 2009.

Sampdoria moved for Zaza in 2010, and he spent a season in Genoa before being loaned to lower-league Juve Stabia and Viareggio, where he hit the net with increasing regularity.

In 2012/13, the shaven-headed striker pushed himself onto the national stage during a season-long loan spell at Ascoli, where he netted 18 goals in 35 Serie B appearances.

That form saw Serie A newcomers Sassuolo move for Zaza on a permanent basis, and he repaid their faith by scoring the goals which helped the I Neroverdi beat the drop in dramatic style.

The 2014/15 season was even better for both Zaza, who scored eleven Serie A goals, and his club, who finished comfortably in mid-table.

Capped regularly at age-group level by his country, Zaza’s goalscoring and fine all-round play saw him awarded his full Italy debut against the Netherlands in August 2014, scoring his maiden goal on his second appearance against Norway the same month.

An international and former Juventus teammate of West Ham’s Angelo Ogbonna, Zaza appeared three times at Euro 2016.

Zaza 14/15 Youtube

Zaza 15/16 Youtube


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The White Horse 1:11 Wed Sep 28
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Could he score in a free brothel?

Admiral Lard 12:36 Wed Sep 28
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One of the worst signings in many years..
Enner Valencia offers more than Zaza and Calleri combined

daveyg 12:30 Wed Sep 28
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Let's use Martinez,the only striker at the club putting the ball in the net.Bit logical though.........

Eerie Descent 12:19 Wed Sep 28
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I'll start my car...

Stranded 12:02 Wed Sep 28
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Hit send too soon. Meant to add the usual caveat that I have no idea if it's true.

Stranded 12:01 Wed Sep 28
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Sven. There are rumours AC Milan have been 'monitoring the situation.' With an eye to taking him in January, if he doesn't work out here.

Sven Roeder 11:57 Tue Sep 27
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Presume that can only happen with both clubs agreeing & Juve don't need him .... Higuain & Dyabla both scored in a 4-0 away win in the Champions league.
Imagine we would say we aren't going to pick him again and agree that we are still paying for the whole season.

Buster 11:37 Tue Sep 27
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Johnson 11:35 Tue Sep 27
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Reports on football-italia.net so don't know how legit that we're sending Zaza back.

Great work BERKS.

goose 10:24 Mon Sep 26
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Calleri got a lot of grief but at least he was getting into positions to miss chances. I can't recall zaza having a clear cut chance? That scramble yesterday maybe?

Sakho needs to get fit and make his peace with Bilic.

chad sexington 10:21 Mon Sep 26
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I've yet to see him control a pass in 3 games. He is fucking abysmal

The Hammers 5:54 Mon Sep 26
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Sakho is quicker and better in the air...

Pace is important in premier league.

Fifth Column 2:28 Mon Sep 26
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My youngest son's own match started late so I didn't actually arrive at the stadium until 5 minutes into the 2nd half. Quote glad in the end, only 40 minutes of torture rather than the full 90.

gph 2:21 Mon Sep 26
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He was a lot better in the first half hour today. If he'd been a lot better in the second half hour than that...

Fifth Column 2:07 Mon Sep 26
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His touch is absolutely awful. Not what you expect from an Italian player.

He puts a shift in but that's not enough.

Fivetide 2:06 Mon Sep 26
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Really poor. And that was his best day.

Spandex Sidney 2:04 Mon Sep 26
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He got fuck all today, absolutely fuck all. Plus he put in a right shift, chasing everything down.

Jury's still out, I'd like to see what he does with some service

East Auckland Hammer 2:02 Mon Sep 26
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I thought today was his best game for us.

Not a massive statement, but he was better today than previously.

As others have said, might be different if he has some support up there.

The long and short of it is that our current setup is NOT working.

Try 4-4-2 with a diamond and Zaza + 1.

Fuck it, it's not like we're creating anywhere near enough chances as it is to win games, and we can't defend for shit, so give that a go.

The Cult Of Bill 1:56 Mon Sep 26
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Shocking signing like every other signing that was made in this fucking summer transfer window!

Fuck off David Sullivan

collyrob 1:48 Mon Sep 26
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13 Brentford Rd 8:57 Thu Aug 25
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Very good player would be well happy if he signs.

Also the club can claim him as our MARQUE SIGNING for this summer and next if we take up the option to buy....

Vexed 10:52 Thu Aug 25
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I think this bloke will be good for us if we get him, can put it about a bit, looks lively, technically better than our other forwards. Get him in.

Texas Iron 1:47 Mon Sep 26
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Never a 20millionquidplus player...
He's not very good anything...needed by a striker...

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