Zarate deal not cut and dried


zarateMauro Zarate will only be allowed to complete his €3 million move to Fiorentina if the Hammers complete a deal for Nigerian Emmanuel Emenike.

His Brother and agent told Radio Bruno “We are in negotiations to reach an agreement with West Ham and I am in London to find a solution for this transfer, It won’t be easy, but we hope to conclude the move by the end of this week. Fiorentina are a very competitive side who always attack and play good football. Mauro has the right characteristics to play for Fiorentina. This is why we are talking to West Ham, to find the best solution for Mauro and Fiorentina. Mauro wants to leave London and he really likes the idea of playing for Fiorentina. He is playing regularly for West Ham, so they don’t want to let him go, but his desire now is to play for Fiorentina.”

However, widespread reports that the Argentinian is on his way from Upton Park by the end of the week are not 100 per cent correct as ClaretandHugh has learned within the last few minutes that it’s all dependent on signing a loan striker.

Fiorentina are thought to have offered a permanent switch for Zarate at around €3m, which roughly equates to £2.3m.

Zarate joined West Ham on a free transfer from Vélez Sarsfield in 2014 after buying out his remaining contract and yesterday (Tuesday) West Ham Chairman David Sullivan told Sky Sports News “Mauro wants first team football and he realises if everyone is available then he may be a little bit down the batting order. So it is just possible that we would let him go.”

The club will not give Fiorentina or Zarate the nod until they know the outcome of their negotiations with Emenike and there were some work permit worries over the player emerging this evening.The national team of a loaned player needs to be in the top 50 of the world ranking and currently Nigeria sit in 66th place and that is having to be checked out as negotiations with the player continue.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Fair enough and prudent, if we don’t have a replacement he can be an asset off the bench, he can certainly score goals and when he puts his mind to it he is a good player just a shame he started to become selfish instead of producing the performances that helped the team.

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