Football: West Ham sign Zaza on loan from Juventus

West Ham United have signed Italian striker Simone Zaza from Juventus on a season-long loan for an initial fee of £5 million (S$8.93 million).
West Ham United have signed Italian striker Simone Zaza from Juventus on a season-long loan for an initial fee of £5 million (S$8.93 million). PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - West Ham United have signed Italian striker Simone Zaza from Juventus on a season-long loan for an initial fee of £5 million (S$8.93 million), the Premier League club said on Sunday.

Zaza scored five Serie A goals in 19 games last season and also struck Juve's winner in their friendly win over West Ham at the London Stadium earlier this month. The 25-year-old was in the Italy squad for Euro 2016.

A permanent fee of £20 million will be automatically triggered if the striker makes a certain number of Premier League appearances this season, plus a further £3 million in contingent payments, the east London club said.

"I want to thank everyone for welcoming me... I wanted to start a new experience and I feel this is the right choice for me," Zaza told the club's website (www.whufc.com).

"I have been fortunate enough to have already played at the new stadium with a different shirt. It is a beautiful stadium and I felt the warmth of the fans and this was a big reason why I wanted to join the club."

West Ham, who failed to make the Europa League group stage for the second year in a row after being eliminated by Astra Giurgiu, face Manchester City away in the league on Sunday.