Saturday December 17 2016
West Ham want Mandzukic for Zaza

West Ham United are sending Simone Zaza back to Juventus and would like Mario Mandzukic instead.

Zaza’s agent Vincenzo Morabito confirmed yesterday that “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.”

According to Tuttosport, the suggestion from West Ham would be to send Mandzukic to London in his place during the January transfer window.

Zaza made the move over the summer on loan for €5m with an option to buy for another €20m plus €3m bonuses that would become obligatory after 14 appearances.

The Italy international played in 11 games and was then sent to the stands, as the Premier League club wishes to avoid signing Zaza outright.

Mandzukic would arguably be more suited to the Premier League, as he is a very physical centre-forward with a truly remarkable work-rate.

However, the Croatia international is a fan favourite precisely because of this tracking back to help the defence, so it’s unlikely Juve would let him go, particularly mid-season.