Simone Zaza has not been the star striker that West Ham envisioned him to be when the team signed him on loan from Juventus in the last transfer window. Despite his impressive goal scoring record in Italy, he never seemed to fit in on the team. Despite his hard work, Zaza failed to score a single goal in his time as a Hammer, and it appears that his time is done.
Rumors have been floating for weeks now about West Ham not playing him because of a clause in his loan that would have made the move permanent and expensive. Additionally, Valencia have seemed keen to take him off West Ham’s hands in the January transfer window. Therefore, in a statement that surprised exactly no one, Simone Zaza’s father (and agent) told Tuttosport that “The West Ham adventure is finished and we are looking at different options for his future.” He also confirmed that Valencia was a possible destination for Zaza, but that they were leaving options open when it came to finding a new club.
Zaza always seemed to have a great work rate when he suited up for the club, but hard work isn’t enough. Washing machines work hard. Zaza never found the back of the net for the Hammers and with Andy Carroll back and starting to come back into form and full fitness, it was a foregone conclusion that Zaza would be moving on.