28.08.2016 11.15 - in: Official statements S

    Zaza joins West Ham

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    The striker completes his move to the English Premier League club

    Juventus Football Club can today confirm that Simone Zaza has joined English Premier League side West Ham United on an initial one-season loan deal for a fee of €5 million.

    Providing Zaza makes a certain number of first-team appearances during the 2016/17 campaign, West Ham will definitively acquire his registration rights for €20 million, to be paid in two financial years.

    The overall fee of this permanent transfer may increase by a further €3 million should certain conditions stipulated within the agreement be met. 

    Zaza may have spent only a single season in Bianconeri colours, but his impact in Turin was far-reaching and he played an all-important role in the Old Lady’s surge to an historic fifth successive Scudetto and second consecutive domestic double.

    From his goals which sealed wins against the likes of Sevilla, Palermo, Hellas Verona and Carpi to his blistering brace in the Coppa Italia round of 16 against inter-city rivals Torino, there was no shortage of defences which felt the full force of Zaza’s typically electrifying displays in the black and white.

    What is more, his 88th-minute strike against Napoli, which enabled Juventus to leapfrog the Partenopei at the top of the Serie A table, was voted by Bianconeri fans as the goal of the year for 2015/16 and it’s easy to understand why:

    Zaza boasted the best goal to game ratio last term, finding the target on average 0.8 times every 90 minutes, whilst also managing a greater number of shots per match (4.1) and efforts on target (1.6) than his Bianconeri colleagues.

    His endless endeavour and willingness to chase what to many might have seemed like lost causes saw him win over the hearts and minds of many supporters, delighted to see him embody many of the qualities that have defined the Old Lady's greatness down the years.

    Zaza departs Turin with three winners’ medals following the club’s domestic treble of Scudetto, Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup – an impressive trophy haul to which he contributed in no small part.

    All associated with Juventus Football Club extend their thanks to Simone and wish him the very best for the future.

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