The former Hammers boss is delighted to be getting an opportunity to take the Argentine to Loftus Road and believes he will prove a top goal-scoring addition.
He told ClaretandHugh: “We have been talking about this for a little while as we need goals and I believe Mauro will be a valuable player for us. I’m hoping everything goes through as planned. I like him.”
Meanwhile, a top Boleyn insider described Zarate’s outburst against Allardyce in today’s Daily Mirror as “over the top.”
Zarate had told the Mirror: “I now have the chance to play for a coach who has faith in me and will not allow his personal feelings to get in the way of what is good for the team.
“I respect the other strikers at the club who have done a good job. But I believe my record entitles me to respect and I have not had that from the manager.
“The chairman (David Sullivan) has confidence in me. I know this because he brought me to the club. But for this reason the manager has refused to play me. He did not want me.”
Our source said:” Mauro’s had a difficult time and is very frustrated at not playing but I think he has gone a bit over the top. “