Valencia eye move for West Ham striker

Valencia could offer an escape route to struggling West Ham striker Simone Zaza – if the Italian is willing to take a pay cut.

Zaza has struggled at West Ham since joining on loan from Juventus during the summer, with the 25-year-old yet to find the net in his 11 appearances for the club.

The Italian international’s move will automatically become permanent if he features in a further three games for the Hammers, yet there has been speculation for several weeks that the Premier League club could be willing to offload him in the January transfer window.

Valencia were in the running to sign Zaza during the summer and could revive their interest next month, although he would need to accept a wage drop.

Director of football Suso Garcia Pitarch said: “His salary at West Ham is a problem for us. If he could cut it, we’d consider signing him.

“I don’t know what [Cesare] Prandelli [Valencia manager] thinks of him, but he’s a player we are watching.

“His transfer collapsed because it was linked with the transfer of Andre Gomes to Juventus.

“The latter decided to join Barcelona instead and the deal fell apart. Lemina and Hernanes could have part of the swap deal too, but Andre Gomes eventually decided to join Valencia.”