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Simone Zaza’s agent confirms the striker will return to Juventus in January

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Apparently Merry Old England wasn’t so joyful for Simone Zaza after all.

All of three and a half months of his loan deal with West Ham United, the 25-year-old Zaza is making his way back to Italy. We know this because his agent has told us so this week, as Zaza’s loan spell will come to an abrupt end as the Italian international striker will return to Juventus when the January transfer window opens up in just a few short weeks from now.

"Zaza will definitely go back to Juve, because West Ham do not want to keep him," agent Vincenzo Morabito told Juvenews. "He could well stay in Turin, given that Juventus might need another striker. If not, there are plenty of other options."

(Source: Football Italia)

So, this is rather interesting. Very, very interesting.

Not just because of the fact that it took all of half a season for Zaza transfer rumors to basically return to our lives, but the fact that it’s pretty much set in stone that he’s coming back to Turin when January arrives, according to his agent.

There has been talk about Valencia being interested in Zaza, which makes sense simply because there’s an Italian now managing them in the form of Cesare Prandelli. There will also be other teams linked with a move for Zaza. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re the same lot of teams we’ve heard about being interested in signing him over the last year and a half since the initial Zaza exit rumors began. There might not be the same kind of English representation based on how his Premier League adventure went over the last three months, but there’s bound to be a handful of Serie A clubs who would be interested in at least signing Zaza on loan. That just makes too much sense.