West Ham striker linked with Malaga move

zarateWest Ham Striker, Mauro Zarate has been targeted by Spanish club Malaga according to a Spanish radio station repeated in the Daily Mirror.

Zarate joined West Ham from Velez Sarsfield in 2014 on a free transfer after buying himself out of his contract. He has scored five league goals during twenty appearances and spent part of last season on loan at QPR.

According to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser de Malaga, Malaga want to bring him to La Liga. The 28-year-old’s older brother Ariel had a four-year stint at Malaga between 1998 and 2002.

It is thought that Zarate would be open to a move as he is further down the striker pecking order with the return of Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia from injury, but in order for that to happen he would first have to reach an agreement with West Ham over rescinding his current contract, which expires in 2017.

The striker previously agreed to pay a substantial amount towards a new gym which was being built in his home country to help the development of the game to  enable him to buy himself out of his contract with Velez Sarsfield.


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11 comments on “West Ham striker linked with Malaga move

  1. Why ‘remind’ the contract? Why can’t Malaga pay a fee?

  2. …’rescind..

  3. I do like you Mauro, but think this would be the right move both for club and player.

    Bring back Samuelsen and give him the chance, that boy might have a very bright future and should be acknowledged before some other big club sees him.

    • Maybe for once Allardyce was right about Zarate?Good skills but not a real team player too easily dislodged off the ball.Good luck to him wherever he goes.

      • Been thinking the same thing.

        Bilic still seem to have gotten the best out of him, something Allardyce did not.

        We need players capable of what Antonio showed on his goal against ‘pool, hard tackle deep in our own defence, 20 seconds later BOOM he scores in the other end.

        Zarate ain’t that unfortunately.

    • Good shout Erico, Samuelson’s goal at the weekend was a bit special..

  4. There was always going to be some leakage during the January window . If that’s what he wants to do then good luck to him . We don’t want players that want to leave . Can see a few West Ham youngsters getting the nod ahead of him anyway as we develop .

  5. It’s silly season in the media now, before the end of the transfer windows I guess 80% of our squad will be rumured/linked to leave the club. 80% of that will be 100% bo**ocks

  6. Zarate is greedy with the ball a bit blinkered when other players around he could pass to if he changed he’s attitude abit he as a future at West Ham can’t we offload Jellyfish he’s slow & just seems to be getting paid for doing nothing just imo

    • I agree with you there. I can’t understand why we signed him at all, he has offered very little to the team. Too slow for PL now & needs to drop down a level. Free up some wages cash & get this young lad from Leeds. Give them Jellyfish & DOB as part of the deal.

  7. It’s easy to say Zarate has been poor in the last couple of games. But this shouldn’t mean we should sell him. The times he has not played at his best is because there isn’t either payet or lanzini playing with him. When he gets the ball he has no one to pass to so he ends up losing it but when payet or lanzini plays he has an option which was shown in games like Chelsea and west brom where he played really well. It’s unfair to say he has a stinking attitude too. He is a great player when you get the best out of him. Lets not have a repeat of last season where we get our players injured again and we have no-one to play up top. The only reasons I would sell him are if we can get a better replacement for him immediately like gokhan tore. Or if he shows attitude to bilic or is disrespectful in a way.

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