As West Ham are booed off Big Sam's one that got away shines in Serie A

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Duvan Zapata was sensational in Napoli's 4-2 win against Catania yesterday.

Last night saw West Ham all but secure their Premier League survival with a win against Hull City at Upton Park.

But despite this some West Ham fans still booed the performance - as an unattractive style of play from effective manager Sam Allardyce continues to divide opinion.

Meanwhile, in Italy, one of the players Big Sam missed out on in the summer was doing plenty of exciting.

This summer West Ham looked to be on the brink of snapping up Colombian under-20 international powerhouse striker Duvan Zapata, from Argentine outfit Estudiantes.

The Hammers seemed to have jumped to the front of the queue and had a bid, believed to be around £3.3 million, accepted by the club for his signature.

But despite this agreement, and an apparent will on Zapata’s part to make the switch to London, the deal collapsed.

Zapata did not meet the criteria to obtain a Work Permit - therefore he was left without the chance of playing in the UK.

Instead Zapata went to Napoli to play understudy to Gonzalo Higuain at the Stadio San Paolo - but last night he was no understudy.

Rafa Benitez decided to rest Gonzalo Higuain against Catania last night - and the gamble paid off big time.

Zapata came into the fray and scored two of the Partenopei’s goals in a stunning 4-2 win against their Sicilian opponents.

Zapata was a dangerous phenom throughout the game - and would certainly have got Hammers fans cheering at Upton Park last night.

Unfortunately it is the Neapolitan’s who now get to enjoy his precocious potential…

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