Ten Fast Facts - Simone Zaza



We take a closer look at the Hammers’ latest signing, Italian forward Simone Zaza…

* As a six-year-old, Zaza joined small Italian side Stella Azzurra Bernalda and remained there until he was eleven

* After a spell at Valdera, he joined Serie A club Atalanta and progressed through their youth ranks to make his senior debut there

* Zaza has represented Italy at U16, 17, 19 levels and is now a full senior international




* After joining Sampdoria, he struggled to break into the first team, but impressive loan spells at Viareggio and Ascoli provided 29 goals in 55 appearances

* He next joined Sassoulo on a co-ownership basis with Juventus – the forward would later play for the Old Lady

* During the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons, he scored 21 times for Sassuolo and earned a big money move to Juve last summer

* He notched eight times in 24 matches for the world giants last campaign before heading to UEFA Euro 2016 with Antonio Conte’s Azzurri outfit

* Zaza – who has 14 caps – played three times in France for Italy, assisting Eder’s late winner against Sweden in the group stages




* The attacking talent scored the winner in Juventus’ 3-2 Betway Cup win against the Hammers earlier this summer

* You can follow West Ham’s newest recruit on Twitter at @SimoneZaza