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Valencia seal €16m permanent deal for West Ham flop Zaza

Goal.com logo Goal.com 10-04-2017

Valencia have sealed a permanent deal for Simone Zaza, with the Italy striker signing a four-year contract.

Zaza joined the club on loan from Juventus in January, with Valencia holding the option to sign him for an initial fee of €16million - a clause they have now activated.

Valencia may have to pay a further €2m depending on the 25-year-old's success in La Liga.

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Having already paid a €2m loan fee for Zaza, the potential total cost of his acquisition could be €20m.

The club's sporting director Jose Ramon Alesanco revealed last month that an agreement to take up their option had been reached and that was confirmed on Monday.

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"Simone Zaza will become property of Valencia CF from July 1, with a contract until June 2021, under the terms of the agreement signed with Juventus," read Valencia's statement.

Zaza spent a miserable first half of the season on loan at Premier League side West Ham, where he played eight times in the top-flight without scoring, prompting them to terminate his stay prematurely and pass on their option for a permanent deal.

But the striker, who infamously missed a penalty for Italy in their Euro 2016 quarter-final shoot-out defeat to Germany, has scored four goals in 14 appearances since arriving at Valencia, including a strike in their February victory over Real Madrid and a double in Sunday's 3-1 win at Granada.

Los Che have moved clear of the relegation zone since Zaza's arrival and now sit 12th in LaLiga after a run of three consecutive victories this month.

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