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OFFICIAL: West Ham sign Simone Zaza on loan

August 28, 2016 - 7:07 am

Simone Zaza has completed a loan transfer to West Ham United with an obligation to buy set at €25m.

While both clubs are yet to release an official announcement confirming the transfer, the son of West Ham owner David Sullivan released details of the transfer on Twitter:


Zaza will initially join West Ham on loan for €5m with a mandatory obligation to buy after he plays a certain amount of games – The Hammers will then pay a further €20m to make the move permanent, as well as assorted add-ons at a later stage.


The Italian striker flew out to London on Friday to finalise the move and the official details of the transfer are expected to be announced by both clubs later today.

Zaza scored 6 goals from 17 substitute appearances last season, including scoring Juve’s only effort in a season-defining victory over Napoli.



Juventus and West Ham have officially confirmed Zaza’s transfer – A statement on Juve’s official website reads:

Juventus Football Club can today confirm that Simone Zaza has joined English Premier League side West Ham United on an initial one-season loan deal for a fee of €5 million.

Providing Zaza makes a certain number of first-team appearances during the 2016/17 campaign, West Ham will definitively acquire his registration rights for €20 million, to be paid in two financial years.

The overall fee of this permanent transfer may increase by a further €3 million should certain conditions stipulated within the agreement be met.

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    BelgianJuventino August 28, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Good luck Simone, I wish you could have stayed with us. You will do great at West Ham, I’m sure of that.


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    Sebastián Quiceno August 28, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Finally someone calling it by its name as an “obligation to buy (with an obligation to sale for Juve)”. Enough already with the options that give absolutely no option and the buys that happen to not be such (and it happens that you don´t own what you thought you did own. – Morata anyone?-).

    Why engage in a loan with an obligation to buy in the first place rather than buy outright? Main thing I can think of is just to let West Ham defer the payment for next year (because as TGP says our net transfer spend seem balanced right now),
    – In this case it seems to allow west ham to test how Zaza adapts to the Premier (Win for West Ham).
    – It helps Simone so that if he just doesn´t adapt he can always come back without having an english club ruin his future (like they did with Falcao, and were already doing with Cuadrado) simply because he is Italian, because they can´t do anything about it or just don´t care. So that´s a win for Simone Zaza.

    Lets say Juve win having already some cash potentially available for next transfer season, and have the chance to not completely say good bye to Simone and potentially have him back in the future, maybe we happen to like Simone more than what it seemed last term. Lets assume that is Juve´s win.

    We are very nice guys to everyone indeed.

    I think as a big Club is always good to be friends with everybody as we happen to be like blood brothers with Florentino, with Rummenige, not so much with Barca because they are just awkward in their dealings and not so much with Wenger because we always get in their way in the transfer season (But hey don´t be so hard on us we let you get ahold of of Alexis Sanchez, or maybe we just couldn´t take him).

    Just in case anyone wonders I am not complaining about this transfer season, I think Marotta and Paratici knocked it out of the park, nevermind Pogba which wont break us, and forget about Morata (Only if we are guaranteed it doesn´t ever happen again).

    Looking forward to getting another midfield or even possibly James Rodriguez(not because he is Colombian, I am serious). I´ll make my case for that later.

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      Dar Black August 28, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      If the transfer is made permanent then West Ham still get 2 years to pay the full 20mil anyway.

      Zaza probably wants a clause to make sure that if he ends up sitting on West Ham’s bench a lot then he’s not left stranded in the EPL, and can come back to Turin. That makes perfect sense for a player that has spent most of last season sitting on the bench.

      West Ham do have some other players that might make it difficult for him to get playing time (although they are injured at the moment).

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        Sebastián Quiceno August 28, 2016 at 9:19 pm

        You are right it would be paid in two financial years, I guess Zaza´s deal would pay an eventual Benatia buy. I bet Juve would pay Bayern in 2 installments too (same deal as Zaza).

        And you are right west ham has some good players. They have Payet if i am not mistaken. Maybe we could somewhat ease things for Simone and sign Payet a year from now. Although maybe a year from now we won´t need many signings.

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          Dar Black August 28, 2016 at 11:24 pm

          Payet would have been great! He seems to have come out of nowhere doesn’t he… all those scouts from big clubs failed to see his talent, which is pretty incredible. Next year he will be 30 though, so maybe Juve will rain check him? It could be that any deal for Benatia is tied in with BM’s making Coman deal permanent? I think the balance due on both players is about the same afaik…..

          Hold the press…… just checked and Payet who was missing from todays match is reported in some papers as leaving. And we have just done a complex loan deal for Zaza…. Hmmmm, I wonder if he may be heading our way. No, don’t get hopes up….

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            Sebastián Quiceno August 29, 2016 at 12:00 am

            I agree Payet was imppressive at Euro, same as Sissoko. I would take any of those two right now, we are also working on Cuadrado so it is evident we are looking for a winger to compliment Pjaca (Isco its your loss, good luck at Liverpool).

            Since Pjanic would have a shot ahead of defence he will be just fine. My only worry is what would Dybala´s role then be if we have 2 wingers + Higua/Mandzu in a 4-3-3. Hey you know what? Thank you Dar, you made me think about it and realize something.

            Although Pjaca is LW he entered against Lazio on the right, Max may be testing him there. so that a potential 4-3-3 narrow would start with:

            Pjaca (Cuadrado/Sissoko/Payet/Isco)-Higuain(mandzu)- Dybala

            Pjaca and Dybala could switch places during game.

            Behind them I would have Marchisio (Asamoah) – Pjanic (Lemina) ahead of defence – Khedira (Sturaro).

            For a 3-5-2 we would be overstacked. In a 3-5-2 for Serie A against small teams we would sacrifice the winger probably Pjaca (his backup).

            I think the squad is clearly set up to have 2 players per position for a 4-3-3, and as long as we have BBC with the usual wingback pairings (Sandro/Evra-Alves/Lich) we could swap it up up front.

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    BelgianJuventino August 28, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Hehe, Roma drew and Inter also only managed a draw..

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    Jas August 28, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    This sale puts us at a surplus for this transfer window. I mean $25 million plus bonuses for a player that came off the bench last year is spectacular transfer work. Lets face it, Zaza wasnt going to get much playing time this year so we made the best of it. Now I’d like to see Juve promote one of the youth players for a partial bench role, enough with all these market dealings. We havent developed one primavera starter in almost a decade…..whats the point of having a primavera if we arent ever going to give anyone a shot. Clemenza, Kastanos are ready!!!!

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      Sebastián Quiceno August 28, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      Although I agree with cultivating young talent right now I have to disagree, midfield is not solid enough to assault on UCL (we need a LM or a RW) Pogba´s departure hasn´t been properly addressed yet.

      I would forfeit promoting a youngster this season to focus on UCL and sign a top player, the time to assault UCL is now, we can´t craft a Europe conquest masterplan only to backpedal because of Pogba´s departure and distraction on secondary objectives. Still If we did allocate another youngster I´d take clemenza.

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      thegutterpoet August 29, 2016 at 11:09 am

      yes yes! It is a great piece of business by Beppe and Fabio. And now I am forced to support the damn irons, which is fine for it encourages nourishment of connections with one of my most beloved of brethren from the motherland. Who has been hounding me for information on dear Simone…and what I have proffered is pretty much as follows –

      Power, aggression, determination. As likely to blast through a resolute rearguard as he is to cripple an opponent for life with a trademark poleaxe challenge. An out and out striker, not great in the air, but with a wicked and powerful shot, who never gives up the cause.

      Clemenza has been recovering from an ACL injury in the Viareggio. He is nowhere near ready for any kind of action let alone to be given a chance in our first team, mate.

      Kastanos does look interesting, but has zero experience at senior level and will need to head out on loan to cut his teeth before being considered.

      The primavera is far more geared towards making money and helping with future moves for other established players than flowing kids into the senior team. Yet if they are good enough they will get the chance. Of our young flock, only Kean appears exceptionally talented. And Lirola. Perhaps Clemenza and Romagna deserve a mention.

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        Jas August 29, 2016 at 1:04 pm

        This is one area where we greatly disagree comrade. I get the primavera has zero experience but this isnt something you’re born with……… you have to be given a chance to earn it. Look at the great teams of the past decade, the bayern’s the barcelonas and even the real madrid had all home grown players. Messi, xavi, iniesta, mueller, lahm etc…. none of these players were ever loaned out for experience. I am not comparing our primavera to these exceptional individuals. My point is that they should be given a chance to prove themselves. A team with no home grown talent lacks identity, character and that charisma that the fans o so enjoy. Kastanos is ready for a small partial rolle so is Keane. I guess this requires a lack of faith but I am all for it. I long crave the hire to Del Piero!!!!!

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          thegutterpoet August 29, 2016 at 11:10 pm

          Jas…one of the youth players you regularly cite as ready for the senior side has been crippled and barely able to walk since March of this year. I am keen for you to elaborate on why you are so confident he will succeed. Of the others, yes Kastanos looks physically able to be given some minutes in the first team, but in what role? He is an attacking midfielder. I believe he will be retained as one of our home grown players this season, so your wish will be granted on that score…

          Lirola and Romagna have both been loaned to clubs where they may find regular first team football. Favilli I believe we will end up owning through a proxy. And kean, is being kept at the club, and at 16…that makes sense. Yes, I suspect like Del Piero he will prove too special to wait long before making his Juve debut. Yet DP began with us at 19/20, not 15/16.

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    Dybala August 28, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Rumours of Fabregas coming to Juve. I hope this doesn’t happen. Why do they need to sign anyone this window, they look pretty fuckin stacked to me. We have Pjanic and Marchisio, what’s the point?

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      BelgianJuventino August 29, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Its only rumours, I doubt there is any truth to it. But that said, I wouldnt really mind Cesc at Juve. He isnt the guy I would love to have here, but he isnt bad either, not at all.

      Though it would probably be a too expensive deal for my taste, Fabregas as a player would be nice I’d say.

      Priority should be a defensive mid though, if any.

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      thegutterpoet August 29, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Pjanic is not a deep lying playmaker. Neither is Marchisio though such is his mentality and versatility, he can perform in the role. Lemina is certainly not equipped for the task. Still…Fabregas is not coming. He is not what we seek or need. It would be great to see him in our colours, but the money, his age and the likelihood that he will return to Spain if anywhere is against the move.

      The sooner we roll the Pjanic dice the better, for presently – at this very early stage of proceedings – we look listless in midfield, especially centrally.

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        VonKellef August 29, 2016 at 10:55 pm

        I hope Pjanic makes his debut soon. Would like to see how a midfield trio cosisting of him,Assamoah and Sami Khedira works.

        And just like you have stated earlier. We have to see if he is fit out for the regista role. If not( given time) then move him higher up in the field and let him play in his natural role and assist the forwards.
        But he has to be given playing time as soon as possible, either way.