Malaga line up West Ham forward Mauro Zarate, say Spanish press

Malaga are reportedly lining up a January move for West Ham striker Mauro Zarate.

When West Ham were struggling at Everton on Saturday, manager Sam Allardyce turned to summer signing Mauro Zarate to rescue him.

With Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia out injured, the stage was set for Zarate to impress, and he repaid Allardyce's faith with the equalising goal at Goodison Park, cutting in from the left and sending a deflected shot over Tim Howard and into the net.

Zarate was electric when he came on, but couldn't stop West Ham from losing at Everton, with Leon Osman's goal giving the Toffees all three points.

Yet in Zarate, fans had finally seen what the former Argentina Under-20 international was capable of after a frustrating month on the sidelines.

During that time, Zarate had been strongly linked with a swift exit from Upton Park despite only arriving from Velez Sarsfield in May.

Serie A side Torino were allegedly hoping to bring the new Chile international back to Italy after spells with Inter and Lazio, but Allardyce told the 27-year-old to stay and fight for his place with the Hammers.

Still though, speculation continues to link Zarate with a January exit, with La Liga side Malaga the latest team to be touted as a suitor.

Javi Gracia has just two fully fit forwards in his side in Roque Santa Cruz and Ezequiel Rescaldani, meaning that they have to be in the market for a new striker in the New Year.

It's being reported in Spain that Malaga want to take Zarate on loan for the rest of the season, but just days after Allardyce told him to fight for his place, it's unlikely that they would sanction an exit.

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