Once a daily subject for the Italian press, the hype surrounding a possible move for Simone Zaza to Napoli has died down considerably over the past week.
Whether it is the Italian’s performances for West Ham, or the fact that other options have presented themselves for the Serie A club, the tune has changed.
On Friday, Il Mattino report that two things have changed: one, Ponte Preta’s Leandrinho has become another potential purchase, with the deal reportedly done, and two, Simone Zaza is unsure whether he wants to return to Italy.
The Italy international, who has made 10 appearances under Slaven BIlic so far this season, really wants to show the world he can make it in the Premier League, and having only left Italy in the summer, can’t really justify returning so soon without admitting defeat.
Furthermore, not wanting to put all their eggs in the basket of an 18-year-old Brazilian, Napoli have also added Sampdoria’s Luis Muriel to the list.
This one might be waning, but one thing is for sure, Zaza, at this rate, is well on his way to getting the 14 appearances needed to make his West Ham transfer permanent.