West Ham's renewed commitment to Mauro Zarate to be put to the test by Bologna

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After a loan at QPR, Mauro Zarate is back in favour at West Ham, but new suitors are on the horizon.

West Ham face a challenge to their commitment to Mauro Zarate, with Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claiming Bologna are interested in the forward.

Zarate signed with the Hammers last summer and made a good early impression before falling out of favour under Sam Allardyce, and being sent out on loan to relegated QPR.

As far as 2015/16 goes, Zarate is already off to a positive start, being picked in the starting line-up for Slaven Bilic's first game as manager, going on to provide an assist in a 3-0 Europa League win over Lusitanos.

The Hammers appear keen on giving him a second chance, with co-chairman David Gold saying on Twitter in late May the striker would be welcome back at the club.

Corriere dello Sport report Serie A side Bologna have identified Zarate as an affordable transfer target after being priced out of the market for Liverpool's Fabio Borini.

The paper even claims Zarate is keen to leave West Ham, but this information could very well be outdated considering his recent return to the first team fold, so should be taken as conjecture rather than fact.

What West Ham decide to do if there is a bid could be interesting, and will depend very much on whether Zarate keeps impressing during the early Europa League matches and in pre-season.

After the way he trailed off last season there could be temptation to cash in while there is interest, but this will depend on how much of this was attributed to the player, and how much to then manager Sam Allardyce for failing to get a talented player performing at his best.

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