Report: Mauro Zarate linked with West Ham exit, three Serie A sides make contact

West Ham are at risk of losing attacker Mauro Zarate in January.

According to a report in La Gazzetta dello Sport, West Ham are at risk of losing Mauro Zarate in January, with the striker having concerns about his playing time.

Despite making 13 appearances and scoring four goals this season, Slaven Bilic has started Zarate in just three games, and it is clear he is merely a back-up option for the Croatian boss.

This has led the Argentine attacker to fear for his playing time, and the report claims that Zarate is keen on leaving in January should his chances in the first-team not increase in the coming weeks.

The former Lazio star has already garnered much interest from Serie A, and his agent has already been in contact with three teams in particular. Hellas Verona, Genoa and Torino have all spoken to his agent, holding preliminary talks so that Zarate can find a team who want to secure his services.

Should West Ham look to sell Zarate?

Bilic is clearly a fan of Zarate, and has no qualms with using the attacker if needed. However, he is only a back-up option, and the player himself wants to have more guarantees about minutes on the field of play.

He is a talented attacker, and provides both a goal threat and creative threat, and if the Hammers had it all in their control, keeping hold of Zarate is a no-brainer.

However, with the player pushing for a move, West Ham could be wiser to cash in on Zarate, rather than have an unhappy player breaking up the great squad spirit that Bilic has created at the Boleyn Ground.

The sale of Zarate would not be ideal, but there may be no choice for West Ham in January.

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