West Ham loanee Simone Zaza could join Valencia in January

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Simone Zaza of West Ham United in action  during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Watford at Olympic St
Image: Simone Zaza appears set to leave West Ham next month

Valencia are closing in on a deal to sign West Ham loanee Simone Zaza, Sky sources understand.

The Italy striker has proven a disappointment since his arrival at the London Stadium on loan from Juventus over the summer.

Zaza, 25, has made eight Premier League appearances, and 11 for the club in total, but is yet to score his first goal in England and is expected to cut his move short in January.

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Juventus are looking for a similar deal with Valencia to the one that brought Zaza to West Ham, a loan deal with an obligation to buy for £17m after a certain number of appearances is reached.

Zaza's father Antonio said on Thursday: "The West Ham adventure is finished and we are looking at different options for his future.

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"We're speaking with Valencia but theirs is not the only concrete option we're considering.

"Of course, my son would love to be coached by a great coach like Cesare Prandelli, but it's possible that Simone could return to Serie A."

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Former Italy coach Prandelli has since resigned from his role as manager of the struggling La Liga side.

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