West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has confirmed the club's signing of Simone Zaza from Juventus.

The Hammers have been in talks for several weeks in an effort to get a deal over the line for the Italy international striker and now they have their man.

West Ham are paying a fee of £5m to Juventus to take Zaza on loan for the season, while if he plays in a set number of games they will then have to buy him on a permanent basis for a set price of £20m.

Gold is delighted with the capture and took to Twitter to post a photograph of Zaza in a West Ham shirt.

And the co-chairman wrote: "I am delighted to confirm that Zaza has signed a one year loan contract with a option to buy. Good luck Simone." [sic]


Zaza lands at West Ham to bolster boss Slaven Bilic's attacking options, ending the club's lengthy search for a top class striker.

The Italy international struggled for regular playing time at Juventus last season and his prospects were not helped this summer by the Bianconeri snapping up Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli.