Manager Sam Allardyce believes new signing Mauro Zarate will get West Ham United supporters on the edge of their seats.

The talented Argentine forward arrives in east London in the form of his life, having scored 13 times in 19 league appearances for Velez Sarsfield in 2014.

The former Birmingham City, Lazio and Internazionale man is a skilful striker who can both score and supply goals for his team-mates and Big Sam cannot wait to start work with the South American when pre-season training starts on 3 July.

"This signing is based on his record from being in Argentina, where he has scored the goals that he has scored because we are looking for some goals," Big Sam explained, "plus the fact that, at a much younger age, he had the experience of the Premier League with Birmingham for a while.

"We hope that a combination of the two - the fact that he knows the Premier League and now he has become more experienced and more mature, he is going to have evolved in terms of giving us a few more goals in the Premier League when he gets the opportunity.

"Hopefully he is going to settle in quickly and bring us those sort of options that we need to be more successful in terms of goalscoring next season."

West Ham struggled to convert many of the large number of chances they created last season, meaning the team often failed to kill off their opponents when they had the opportunity to do so.

Big Sam believes Zarate's attacking talents will help to eradicate that issue in 2014/15.


Mauro Zarate scored 20 goals for Velez Sarsfield in 2013/14

"He is a different type of player to what we have already got, which is what we have been looking for for a while," the managed confirmed. "He is small and sharp and quick and has got good feet, so hopefully he can give us another dimension for what we don't have in the squad at the moment."

Big Sam has great experience in getting the best out of overseas players in the Barclays Premier League, helping the likes of Jay Jay Okocha, Youri Djorkaeff and Michel Salgado settle in England during successful spells with Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers.

At West Ham, the likes of Adrian and Winston Reid have flourished under Big Sam's guidance and the manager is confident that Zarate and the other players who arrive in east London this summer will do likewise.

"Like everything else, we have the tools and we give everything to the players that they need to improve," said Big Sam. "It is then down to their acceptance and their dedication to the improvement needed to do well in the Premier League.

"If they are willing to improve, we will definitely give them the tools to do that."

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