Report: Tottenham target Simone Zaza wants to stay at Sassuolo for now

Tottenham Hotspur have been heavily linked with a move for Simone Zaza.

Tottenham Hotspur may have to wait until the summer to sign striker Simone Zaza as Sky Sports Italia states that the player wishes to remain with Sassuolo until the end of the current campaign.

The 23-year-old star is Sassulo’s top scorer this season, netting seven Serie A goals and has recently represented the national team under new manager Antonio Conte.

His sudden rise to prominence has seemingly attracted the attentions of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino as confirmed contact had been made from the Premier League side.

Developments over the past couple of days, however, suggest that a January deal for the striker is unlikely and the North Londoners may have to wait until summer to complete a potential deal.

“In fact Carnevali [Sassuolo’s sporting director] will also meet with Zaza to urge him to focus on the pitch rather than on the transfer rumours, the striker also prefers to finish the season at his current club. Tottenham is interested in Zaza, but they will likely have to wait until the summer,” Sky Sports Italy report.

Zaza’s case at Sassuolo is slightly complicated as a result of a two-year transfer option viable to fellow Serie A outfit Juventus.

According to the same report, the Italian champions have the opportunity to sign the striker this summer for €15 million or the following year for €18 million.

Sky Sports Italy go on to say that the Turin-based side met with Sassulo’s sporting director today to discuss matters, though news or plans of a potential deal have yet to come to light.

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