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Reports: Simone Zaza moving closer to transfer from West Ham to Valencia

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A move that was thought to have been not happening seems to be, well, happening again.

West Ham United Training and Press Conference Photo by Avril Husband/West Ham United via Getty Images

It wouldn’t be a transfer window without some talk of Simone Zaza going somewhere, right? Even though he’s not a Juventus player this season, there hasn’t been a lack of attention surrounding where Zaza may be playing his football in the new year.

That could be ending soon, though.

According to reports out of both Italy and Spain, Zaza — who is currently on loan at West Ham — is close to being on the move once again. This time, Zaza will trade in his West Ham jersey for that of Valencia in Spain, as a potential loan move with option to buy worth €16 million is close to being completed.

West Ham has decided to let him go rather than having him play in the amount of games required to force his option to buy, so Juventus has been looking for a team where he can re establish his value. After taking a few days to ponder the destination, Zaza appears willing to accept Valencia's offer- Juventus had reached an agreement with the Spanish club on a loan with forced option to buy after 6-7 games, at this point the only thing missing is Zaza's final approval.

(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)

What was once thought to be a dead move because of Cesare Prandelli stepping down at Valencia now seems to be back on. That’s all we know right now. Valencia’s interest doesn’t seem to have wavered despite the logical “Italian manager wanting to sign an Italian player” narrative being put to bed rather quickly.

Zaza’s time in England is coming to an end. We’ve know that for weeks now. And if Valencia is the place, then so be it. But the last thing Juventus need is for this to drag on and on and on like what seems like every other Zaza transfer saga has since he signed from Sassuolo two summers ago.