West Ham: Latest Zaza talks; striker out for three weeks; Payet retains faith

West Ham are locked in negotiations with Simone Zaza and Juventus as they seek to change the terms of the deal which would see the club sign him after just six more first team appearances in the Premier League, say the Sun. AC Milan and Napoli are considering making moves for the striker, but the Irons do not want to be forced to sign him permanently.

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The on loan Juventus man would prefer to remain in London to prove himself in the Premier League, but may be tempted back to Italy in the summer, meaning that the club are desperate to change the terms of the loan deal to avoid paying £17 million to make the move permanent after six more games.

Another striker who has been enjoying more luck of late is Diafra Sakho, who returned from injury to score in the second minute of Sunday’s clash with Manchester United with his goal proving decisive in the draw. However, luck has gone against him yet again as the Express claim that the injury prone forward has picked up a hamstring problem which is expected to keep him out for three weeks.

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The Hammers are desperate for a goalscoring forward and this was a real opportunity for Sakho to save his West Ham career after nearly being sold to West Brom in the summer, so it will be a frustrating few weeks of recovery for him.

Star man and French playmaker has praised his teammates after their draw at Old Trafford on Sunday, as he told the press:

“Obviously it’s an important point for us. It is never easy to come to Old Trafford and get a result, but that is what we have succeeded in doing. We came close to taking all three points at the end. So we are very happy with that. We played a good match last weekend at Tottenham and unfortunately we didn’t take the points, but thankfully we have succeeded in getting something against United. Against these two tough teams, and we know what they are capable of – we’ve showed that we can compete at this level. We are trying to put together a good little run to move ourselves a bit higher up the table into a more comfortable position.”

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Payet has been linked with a move away from the club and it may take an upturn in form to keep the Frenchman at the club beyond the January transfer window after a disappointing start.

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