West Ham striker Simone Zaza’s agent and father Antonio has told Italian website Tuttomercatoweb that a move back to an Italian club is now more likely after the collapse of a switch to Valencia.
The 25 year old looked set to join the La Liga side but the resignation of manager Cesare Prandelli after a dispute about player recruitment threw the move into major doubt. Asked about links to both Fiorentina and Genoa, Zaza’s father said his son was open to the possibility. He also confirmed that West Ham had told them that they would not be continuing with the loan beyond January:
“Yes, it seems to me clear. They also told them [Valencia]…. ”
When asked, what will happen next, he replied:
“Good question, but we are calm, now we look around. Some Italian teams have already asked about Simone, I can say that he will return to play in Serie A. Genoa and Fiorentina? Early to tell. We’ll see … ”
Zaza’s future pretty much depends on Juventus and how they look to offload the striker. From his father’s comments it is clear he has no future in Turin but it is also apparent Juve want to sell the forward for close to the £20million that West Ham were due to pay if he had made 14 appearances. It is unlikely an Italian club would agree to a fee close to that.