West Ham set to sign Simone Zaza from Juventus
By Andrew Dickson
Last Updated: 27/08/16 10:15am
West Ham are close to completing the signing of Italy international forward Simone Zaza from Serie A champions Juventus.
The London club's manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed the striker has agreed personal terms over a move to east London.
Zaza will move initially on loan with an option to buy, but he only arrived in England for his medical on Friday afternoon - too late to make the West Ham squad for their Premier League fixture away to Manchester City on Sunday.
Bilic said on Friday morning: "With the Zaza situation, it looks very likely to happen and should happen today.
"As far as I know, the deal is agreed between the clubs. The personal terms are also agreed and he is due in London today, so we hope it will be done.
"It's very positive and it's a boost. We've been trying for a long time now to get a top-quality striker and he was always mentioned."
Zaza was in and out of the Juventus team last season but still scored eight goals in 24 appearances and has spent one campaign with them after a previous loan spell there when he was at Sampdoria.
The 25-year-old was also in the Italy squad which reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 under new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
Zaza was ridiculed in some quarters for his unconventional run up to take a penalty in the shoot-out of their last-eight defeat to Germany.
After taking several small steps, he put the ball over the crossbar in Italy's eventual 6-5 defeat after a 0-0 draw in Bordeaux.
Zaza has already played at the London Stadium this season, scoring Juventus' winner in their 3-2 friendly victory against West Ham earlier this month.