It is no secret that Simone Zaza has been struggling to adjust to the aggressive nature of the Premier League. With nine appearances under Slaven Bilic, Zaza has failed to impress fans. While his work rate was never in question, his finishing and first touch lacked skill and precision.
Were West Ham to keep Zaza and play him for a rumored 5 additional matches, they would be triggering a loan clause in which the Hammers would pay for a permanent £20 million transfer. West Ham is desperately trying to avoid that nightmare scenario.
Sources inside the club say Slaven Bilic is already preparing for a post-Zaza world and has been making inquiries for a replacement striker. Earlier this week we reported Napoli has proposed a swap with forward Manolo Gabbiadini replacing Simone as a potential solution to West Ham’s scoring woes. Zaza, ever the diplomat, responded:
However, Bilic may not have to look too far from home. Jurgen Klopp is looking to offload Daniel Sturridge and that could be wonderful news for Hammer fans. It all comes down to what kind of evaluation Liverpool will put on the 27 year old English international. Slaven would surely prefer Sturridge over Gabbiadini as Daniel brings a strong Premier League resume to the table.
Sturridge has been on the outs and has been surpassed by Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutino and Sadio Mane. With Jurgen Klopp reportedly not done buying for Liverpool, there is little light at the end of Sturridge’s tunnel. A move to East London could be exactly what is needed for both West Ham, as well as Daniel.