Zaza could be set to remain at the London Stadium.

Valencia manager Cesare Prandelli has told Football Espana that the La Liga giants must sell players before they can hope to bring in new recruits in January – potentially impacting their reported chase of Simone Zaza.

Los Che have struggled badly with financial problems in recent years with many of their star players, including David Silva, David Villa, Juan Mata, not to mention Paco Alcacer, Shkodran Mustafi (below) and Angel Gomes this summer, having to be sold in order to balance the books at the Mestalla.

Consequently, Valencia often shop in the bargain basement for replacements, leaving them without a natural centre-forward this season, with former Bolton forward Rodrigo and Portuguese winger Nani often starting in nominal forward positions.

As a result, Gazzetta Dello Sport claimed recently that Valencia were keen on offering Italian international striker Zaza an escape route out of West Ham, where he has yet to score a single Premier League goal.

Zaza is on loan at the London Stadium from Juventus, though reports have suggested that The Hammers are determined to terminate the deal to avoid triggering their obligation to sign him permanently at the end of the season.

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Therefore, Valencia’s interest appeared will surely have elicited a sigh of relief from all connected with West Ham, though Prandelli’s claims mean a deal is far from being completed.

“I was with [Valencia President] Peter Lim and he told me we’d consider options in the market while respecting Financial Fair Play,” the former Italy coach told Football Espana.

The Sun claimed that West Ham will have to automatically pay £20 million to make Zaza’s deal permanent once he makes his 14th appearance for the club, meaning the club’s directors are desperately attempting to find an alternative ahead of the January transfer window.