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Simone Zaza's spell with Juventus didn't last long, as the powerful forward completed a move to West Ham United just one season after joining the Bianconeri, the club announced on Sunday.
ZAZA: West Ham United have signed Simone Zaza on an initial season-long loan! ➡️ https://t.co/xYPIyDPUPF ⚒ pic.twitter.com/8c65COUX9q— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) August 28, 2016
West Ham announced details surrounding the transfer: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.
West Ham also provided a statement from Zaza following the move: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.
Zaza joined Juventus from Sassuolo during the summer of 2015, having previously been owned by both clubs under Italy's co-ownership rules, but he was never expected to play a big role in Turin.
The Italian champions lost Carlos Tevez to Boca Juniors but restocked their attack with Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala during the summer. Alvaro Morata was also still with the club, creating quite the logjam at the forward slots, and while the Spaniard has returned to Real Madrid since then, Gonzalo Higuain was brought into the fold.
Zaza impressed in limited action, most notably when he scored a brace against rivals Torino and the winner against Napoli, but Mandzukic and Dybala enjoyed superior campaigns, and the addition of Higuain leaves Zaza as the odd man out.
Here's a look at some of the highlights from his past season:
The 25-year-old impressed with Sassuolo during the 2014-15 season, scoring 11 goals in 29 Serie A starts, per WhoScored.com. He added five in the 2015-16 season.
Zaza will provide the Hammers with a powerful, physical forward who excels at playing with his back to goal, holding up the ball and creating space for others. He has always impressed with his work rate and his ability to put pressure on defenders, and he's surprisingly mobile for a player his size, standing over six-feet tall.
With the likes of Dimitri Payet, Sofiane Feghouli and a healthy Andre Ayew around him, Zaza will have plenty of ammunition in the final third.
He's a great striker who will improve his new team and could be one of the steals of the summer transfer window.