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OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: Juventus striker Simone Zaza leaves West Ham, joins Valencia on loan

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When it comes to Simone Zaza, the only thing that seemed to outweigh the talk of whether he was truly at the talent level to play at a club like Juventus was the uncertainty at the club once he actually arrived from Sassuolo two summers ago. There were rumors of him leaving just weeks after he signed, there were rumors up until he signed with West Ham in August and there were rumors just a few weeks after that. An endless cycle that didn’t seem to have any kind of end.

Up until now — hopefully.

Zaza has traded in foggy nights in London for Spanish evenings. Zaza, much like was the deal with West Ham at the end of August, has joined Valencia on loan until the end of the 2016-17 season with an option to buy, the Spanish club announced on Sunday evening. The deal will reportedly include a buy option worth around €16 million that will kick in if Zaza hits a certain number of appearances in the second half of the season, but nothing included in Valencia’s announcement regarding any option to buy details.

There you have it, folks.

For Zaza’s sake, I hope that this loan move materializes into more than the last one did. For all of the interest and statements made in public that West Ham’s management — especially from those who actually fill out the starting lineups — had plenty of admiration for Zaza, it never got going for the Italian international in London.

Now he’s off to Spain to try and reboot a career that was trending upward not so long ago. That may sound weird because of the fact that it seems like it was quite a while that he was signing with Juventus and making the jump up to big-time football after breaking out with Sassuolo. But that’s what a bunch of transfer rumors will do to things sometimes — when they’re always a constant, things seem drawn out no matter what the outcome may be.