Napoli, AC Milan, Fiorentina… These are the teams who have now dropped out completely of the race, if you want to call it that, to sign West Ham’s Simone Zaza.

Technically Juventus’ player, but on loan at the Hammers since the start of the season, the Italian striker’s situation has been covered from all angles, and very little few remain.

The 25-year-old’s future is far away from the London Stadium, as Slaven Bilic refuses to use him anymore, but the problem is, there’s only one club left interested in him.

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That would be enough in any normal situation, but this is all far from normal, as the remaining club is Valencia, and a manager, Cesare Prandelli, has already quit over the Spanish club’s inability to sign Zaza in the past.

Valencia’s incredibly poor start to the season (17th after 17 games with 13 points) makes the former La Liga champions anything but an attractive destination, and Gazzetta dello Sport report that while an agreement between Valencia and Juventus exists, the Italian striker is yet to give the nod for the transfer to take place.

The player’s father, who also happens to be his agent, told on Tuesday that ‘no Italian team has shown up for Simone’ and that he’d ‘never been contacted by Fiorentina’.

As for Valencia’s interest, he said they were still in touch with them, and that his son was ‘still in London, but not for long’.

Whether that means an agreement with Valencia is close remains to be seen.