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Reports: Simone Zaza makes his pick, agrees to join Valencia

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As we’ve come to know with Simone Zaza transfer rumors, what seems like a genuine possibility doesn’t always materialize into something. And following along those lines, just a short time ago we thought his rumored move to Valencia could very well be a thing of the past when Cesare Prandelli decided that La Liga wasn’t for him.

So much for that being that.

According to multiple reports out of Italy, Zaza is going to be needing to update his mailing address for the second time within the last five or so months. After failing to make any kind of impact during a loan spell with West Ham, Zaza is going to be making the move to Spain to join Valencia is what is believed to be an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy of €16 or €18 million depending on what source you read.

So there’s that.

And there’s also that.

Zaza, who has basically been linked with a move away from Juventus ever since he signed from Sassuolo two summers ago, joined West Ham on a season-long loan deal back in late-August — a move that a lot of us thought would be the end of constant talk of him moving around. That was supposed be the end of all of this. Instead, it just turned out to be a continuation of the constant talk of Zaza looking for a place to finally try and settle in for more than a season or two since breaking out at Sassuolo three years ago.

Zaza’s agent confirmed in December that the 25-year-old striker was done at West Ham after he appeared in just a handful of matches. That set forth another round of rumors about where Zaza could go. Valencia was one of the first teams mentioned as a possible suitor. Throw in the usual Italian teams that Zaza has been linked to in transfer windows past and it seemed like just a continuation of the the summer when Zaza was bouncing back and forth between staying and going somewhere.

But now it looks like we have a resolution — again. That’s good. For Zaza’s sake, I hope that it works out in Spain and he can have some personal success at Valencia. Same goes for the side of me that is tired of writing about Zaza transfer rumors. A guy can only take so much of the same old same old, you know.