Simone Zaza has failed to find the back of the net in 11 appearances for West Ham since his arrival in the summer, and reports suggest the London club are ready to offload him in January.
The Italian forward has been linked with a return to his home country with Napoli, but poor relations with Juventus mean the deal could prove to be very difficult.
West Ham must make his move permanent should he make several more appearances for the club (with disagreement over the exact figure), but that is now looking less likely after he failed to playing time in recent games.
Valencia are also reportedly keen on Zaza, and Spanish newspaper Super Deporte have an update on his future.
Super Deporte have reiterated Valencia’s interest in Zaza, and have pointed out reasons why the deal could happen in January. Zaza is one of the highest earners at West Ham, but is ready to accept wages that Valencia can offer, whilst Valencia’s owner Peter Lim is also keen on reinforcing the squad in January.
Valencia boss Cesare Prandelli knows Zaza well from his time in Italy, and also wants to sign the player. The club’s sporting director García Pitarch also tried signing Zaza last summer, so the Italian forward is well aware he is wanted.
Super Deporte say Juventus don’t want to sell Zaza to Napoli, and that could also work in Valencia’s favour, but the newspaper maintain no contacts have been made yet to sign the 25-year-old. Earlier reports claimed Zaza had already received a telephone call.
It’s been reported Prandelli could be crucial in convincing Zaza to sign for Valencia, and it remains to be seen if a deal can be reached. Why Valencia think Zaza, who’s had a woeful time at West Ham, can be the solution to their current depression is anyone’s guess.