Report: West Ham boss phoned Simone Zaza to tell him he'd be first choice

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was reportedly unable to persuade Simone Zaza to join the club despite his best efforts.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic failed in a personal attempt to convince Simone Zaza to sign for the club, report Italian website Tuttomercatoweb.

Zaza had been linked with a loan move to West Ham in the final week of the transfer window, reported SkySports, only for the striker to opt to stay at Juventus.

He only joined the Italian champions from Sassuolo earlier in the summer, and wants the chance to fight for his place at the club, whose attacking options are open having allowed Carlos Tevez to leave.

Tuttomercatoweb report Bilic called Zaza and told him: "Come to us, you will lead the attack and are my first choice."

Even this was not enough to persuade the Italian international, who is in his country's squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers.

West Ham moved on and signed Nikica Jelavic from Hull City, and still have Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia to return from injury, to help Diafra Sako up front.

Zaza scored a combined 21 goals in 69 games over the past two seasons in Italy and has not been prolific, and they will be hoping alternative Jelavic can hit the back of the net more regularly in order to prove himself a success at the Hammers.

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