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Juventus 'pull plug on West Ham's loan for Simone Zaza'

SOFIA, BULGARIA - MARCH 28:  Simone Zaza of Italy during the Euro 2016 Qualifier match between Bulgaria and Italy at Vasil Levski National Stadium on March
Image: Simone Zaza scored 12 goals in 31 appearances in Serie A last season

Juventus have pulled the plug on striker Simone Zaza's move to West Ham, according to Sky sources.

The Hammers were understood to be close to tying up a season-long deal for the Italy international; the Serie A club keen for him to gain some playing time elsewhere.

Talks took place on Wednesday and it is believed a £1.4m loan fee with an option to buy at £11.5m was close to being completed - but Juventus performed a u-turn late in the evening.

Zaza ,24, is keen to find a club that will offer him more playing time as he looks to secure a place in the Italy squad for Euro 2016 next summer.

He moved to Juventus from Sassuolo this summer after scoring 12 goals in 31 appearances in the Italian top-flight last term.

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The forward, who has five caps for Italy after making his debut last year, previously spend time on loan at Juventus when he was a trainee with Sampdoria.

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