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West Ham’s on-loan striker Simone Zaza set to return to Juventus

Tottenham's Eric Dier in action with West Ham United's Simone Zaza

Simone Zaza’s less-than-successful loan spell at West Ham United will come to an end in January, his agent, Vincenzo Morabito, has reportedly claimed.

West Ham paid £5m to take Zaza on loan from the Serie A champions Juventus, with the deal automatically becoming a long-term one, at a cost of a further £20m, if he made a set number of Premier League appearances for the club this season. Having made 11 in all competitions and failed to score, the London club look set to cut their losses.

Juvenews reported that Morabito said: “Zaza will definitely go back to Juve, because West Ham do not want to keep him. He could well stay in Turin, given that Juventus might need another striker. If not, there are plenty of other options.”

One player who will not leave West Ham in January is Dimitri Payet, according to Slaven Bilic. Reports in France recently claimed the midfielder could be on his way to Manchester United, with his fellow Frenchman Anthony Martial heading in the opposite direction.

“I can’t see any truth in that,” Bilic said before Saturday’s visit of Hull City. “Regarding Payet, not regarding Martial. He is a good player, a great player. But I don’t see this happening.

“Do I expect Payet to stay? Of course. Great players are always the centre of interest. Payet is one of the best in the world and they are always the ones who are linked with the big clubs. But I hope, and I expect, he will stay with us.”

While speculation about Payet’s future is likely to be a continuing theme of next month’s transfer window, West Ham have tied down another talent in the shape of Reece Oxford. The defender was a target for Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United but marked his 18th birthday by signing a four-and-a-half-year contract at the London Stadium.

“It is great news for us,” Bilic said. “It is great news to sign one of the best talents, for him to stay with us for the long term, and it is a great thing for him as well. This is the best club for him to continue his development.”

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Guardian sport, for The Guardian on Friday 16th December 2016 16.22 Europe/London

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