Azzurri striker Simone Zaza is keen to make an instant impact at West Ham United, expressing his excitement for working under new coach Slaven Bilic.
The Hammers unveiled the Italian on Thursday after securing a one year loan-deal with Serie A champions Juventus, but the move will be triggered permanently should the striker make enough Premier League appearances in the 2016-2017 Premier League campaign.
Bilic has now taken his summer spending to a fee which exceeds £60 million, completing 11 signings over the transfer window. It’s a heavy figure, but Zaza has already claimed he can emulate compatriot and Hammers hero Paolo Di Canio.
There is a lot of pressure for West Ham’s star signing to produce the goods as The Irons have struggled to convert opportunities in their opening Premier League fixtures this season, but Zaza is a player who thrives in the media limelight, and could use that pressure to his advantage.
The Hammers boss was also familiar with the striker’s ability before they pursued him, recognising the talented individual after he scored Juve’s winner in their 3-2 defeat over West Ham in the Betway Cup earlier this month.
The 25-year-old was a only used in rotation for Juventus last year though, scoring eight goals in 24 appearances for the Serie A side. He then made a brief cameo for Italy during their Euro 2016 campaign, but Antonio Conte’s Italy crashed out after Zaza’s bizarre penalty miss against Germany in the quarter-final.
Zaza followed the likes of Andre Ayew, Manuel Lanzini and Sofiane Feghouli to the Olympic Stadium this summer, but may feature as lone striker for the next few months with Andy Carroll and Ayew out with injury.