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Report: West Ham re-ignite interest in Juventus striker Simone Zaza

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Simone Zaza faced West Ham a couple of weeks ago. But will the self-chosen bald-yet-bearded striker be PLAYING for West Ham soon?
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While Simone Zaza’s potential move to Germany has seemingly dissipated, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s going to be a Juventus player for the next season and that’s that. Things aren’t a wrap. Zaza, as Beppe Marotta told us when the Wolfsburg deal collapsed, still has options on the board that are being evaluated.

Yes, one of those options is probably staying in Turin.

But other ones have been fairly well-talked about at this point.

Arguably the most constant name linked to Zaza ever since the transfer rumors began LAST SUMMER has been Wast Ham. Yes, the same West Ham that Zaza played against a couple of weeks ago in one of Juve’s final friendlies of the summer. We know that West Ham is back in for Zaza because of what Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio has told us.

West Ham is interested, there have been contacts in the last few hours for a loan deal featuring financial considerations based on number of games played. Juventus would however like to have the loan deal be set at €6 million and the option to buy at €22 million. West Ham will respond tomorrow, they're also interested in Manchester City's Bony. Napoli is also an option for Zaza but that is only in case Gabbiadini leaves. Zaza's future will be decided soon.

At this point, I’m not sure anybody really has a concrete clue as to what is going to happen. I say that because just when it looked like Zaza was about to head to Germany and sign with Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg goes and signs Mario Gomez for about a third of the price.

The signs are pointing toward Gabbiadini not leaving Napoli, so we can consider that a secondary option at this point. But West Ham seems legitimate — both because of the frequency of Zaza being linked there and how it just seems like a somewhat logical destination for a player that obviously has some kind of desire to leave. (And no, I’m not going to believe what Zaza’s agent says at this point. You don’t get that close to joining another club — including making a trip to their facilities — and still want to make people believe you’re cool with your current employer.)

Now, just like last time, we wait. That’s all we can do. Maybe Zaza goes. Maybe Zaza stays. I really have no idea what to think anymore. It’s been one of those kinds of transfer rumor cycles where you just throw your hands up in the air and basically take a wild guess.