New West Ham United signing Simone Zaza was spoilt for choice in terms of loan destinations this summer but opted for the proposal from the Hammers, according to the Italian star’s father.
The London Stadium outfit were keen to add attacking weaponry to their squad over the off-season, with the Juventus star added on a 12-month loan deal that could be made permanent next summer.
Zaza is set to battle a host of other options for a place in Slaven Bilic’s first team and could well make his debut for the Premier League side against Watford on Saturday.
Antonio Zaza has confessed that Napoli were initially interested in the Italian forward but pulled out of a deal, while the striker could have moved to plenty of other clubs.
“There was a strong contact with Napoli, then we didn’t hear from them, and they did not even explain why,” The Mirror quote the attacker’s father as saying.
“I have no problem saying that his proposal was also very important. Then, however, we did not hear anything.
“Simone has never refused Naples, this must be clear. He would wear more than willingly the blue shirt, anyone to think otherwise.
“Thank God, we were spoilt for choice and there was the important proposal of West Ham, a great project.
“Simone in Turin was fine, but he decided to change because he was very conscious of there being very little space to play at Juventus – and his desire was to play more.”
A video of Zaza scoring goals in West Ham training has circulated in recent days and the club’s supporters are excited to see their new attacker in action in the near future.