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28th Aug 2016

West Ham get an attacking boost after signing Simone Zaza on loan

The Juventus striker has just signed a one year loan deal

Carl Anka

West Ham have bolstered their attacking options after picking up Italian striker Simone Zaza on loan.

The Italian international and Juventus forward has signed on a one year deal costing £5 million. West Ham will have an option to buy the infamous penalty taker for £20 million at the end of the season providing he makes enough appearances.

Zaza is the 11th new signing to West Ham, and bagged eight goals in 24 appearances before making a name for himself as a terrible penalty taker for Italy in Euro 2016.

In an interview on the West Ham website, the striker 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 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.”

Describing the deal as one of the “toughest to get across the line”, West Ham owner Jack Sullivan seemed pleased with his new striking option.

Of course, there were a few people that couldn’t help bring up *that* penalty.

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