West Ham's summer striker target Simone Zaza denies wanting January exit, happy with competition at Juventus

The Italian international does not look to be going anywhere this winter.

This summer West Ham United were linked with a heap of striking options. One name that popped up was that of Sassuolo striker Simone Zaza.

The Italian international caught the eye during a co-ownership deal with Juventus, and the Italian champions exercised their right to buy him permanently at the end of the season.

In August it looked as though Juve were set to send him out in loan to West Ham. Sky Sports reported that a £1.4m loan deal was set to be completed with an option to buy the player for £11.5 million also included in the deal. They then, however, reported that the deal was off.

Il Sussidiario in Italy however reported last week that Zaza is unhappy with his current place in the Juventus team as he struggles for first-team football.

Zaza has now made it clear that this was never the case. The Italian has been quoted by Tutto Mercato Web as making it clear that he has no desire to leave Juventus and understands he will get chances this season:

"When I signed I knew that there would be so much competition, is not a problem, because we have to play on three fronts, in the Champions League, league and cup in Italy, it is normal that there are several players in my position.

“I never shot down, I am aware of my ability and I know there are three other good strikers and experienced, such as Mandzukic, from which I will try to learn as much."

He certainly took that chance this week. He scored in the 2-0 win against Sevilla in the Champions League this week and will hope that pushed him into the reckoning for a Serie A starting berth.

As for West Ham, they can surely now forget about Zaza.

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