West Ham make Mauro Zarate available for loan, Newcastle and Sunderland interested

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West Ham have reportedly put Mauro Zarate up for loan, with Newcastle and Sunderland interested.

When West Ham snapped up Mauro Zarate from Velez Sarsfield, fans were ecstatic to land a former Argentine Under-20 star who had impressed in Italy.

Whilst he scored against Crystal Palace, Zarate's time at Upton Park has been one of frustration so far, but largely for the West Ham fans.

The Upton Park faithful are big fans of Zarate, and have compared him to former West Ham favourite Paolo Di Canio, particularly after his impressive cameo against Everton in November.

However, manager Sam Allardyce has been reluctant to use him so far, starting just five games as the form of Stewart Downing, Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia has handed 'Big Sam' a real selection headache in attack.

Now, the Daily Mirror report that West Ham are willing to let Zarate leave East London on loan in the January transfer window, with interest building in the former Inter Milan ace.

Serie A side Torino and Spanish outfit Malaga have been leading the race in recent weeks, but now it's Newcastle and Sunderland contemplating a move for Zarate.

A move to a Premier League rival would be a surprising move from the Hammers, but both Newcastle and Sunderland need to add attacking impetus in January, and the 27-year-old Zarate could be seen as a short-term fix as West Ham allegedly attempt to clear room in their wage budget for additions next month.

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