Premier League quartet face competition for key January target after agent's game time hopes dashed

West Ham United, Watford, Stoke City and Crystal Palace face stiff competition from Germany for one of their key January transfer window targets.

According to reports from Germany the Hammers, Hornets, Eagles and Stoke will have to fend off keen interest from Wolfsburg if they want to sign Juventus striker Simone Zaza this month.

The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a departure from Turin this month after struggling for game time this season.

Zaza was heavily linked with a move to join Slaven Bilic's East London revolution on loan in the summer but Juve refused to allow him to leave having only just signed him.

Speculation has been rife that Bilic remains keen and Alan Pardew is also showing interest with Palace struggling for goals of late, as reported by the likes of the Evening Standard.

Agent's game time hopes dashed

Back in November, Zaza's agent admitted there had been interest from Stoke and Watford but hoped his client would play more games in December to prove his worth to the reigning Serie A champions.

“There are many games in December and there will be more chances of playing. I think that at a team like Juve nobody, or almost nobody, can complain,” Maifredi told

“Watford and Stoke City? Now we’re about to enter the January transfer market."

But now Bild reports that there is also strong interest from Wolfsburg for the former Sassuolo man.

Like the Hammers, the Bundesliga outfit are believed to want the Italy international on loan with the option to buy at the end of the season.

Zaza has scored three league goals in nine appearances for the Bianconeri this season but is struggling for starts with the likes of Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Alvaro Morata ahead of him in the pecking order.

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