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West Ham: Moyes discusses Defoe interest; Zaza deal struck; bid for Atletico forward

David Moyes spoke to the media to respond to speculation linking Jermain Defoe with a return to his former club, as he said:

“No, it wouldn’t be considered. I don’t think there’s any price because we know that Jermain’s goals are priceless to us. I wouldn’t even think about it. He needs managing because he’s a senior professional and needs treating right, which we do. He wants to train every day, he trains like he’s much younger and he’s in good condition. I’m not saying we’re getting the best out of him because he’s had a great career and he’s scored a lot of goals, but nobody can turn around and say they can see a demise in him. You can only see someone who will keep going.”

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The former Spurs man earns £70,000 per week but has been in superb form and has been vital for the Black Cats survival hopes both last season and this.

The need for a striker is continuing to increase though as Italian source Il Messaggero believe that a deal has been struck with Simone Zaza to see the striker leave West Ham and joined Spanish side Valencia, once again on an initial loan move with a £22 million transfer after a set number of appearances.

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It is believed that the flop has played his last game for the club and will leave the club once the formalities are completed, with the Irons looking for a replacement.

One candidate is Lucas Pratto, the 28-year-old Argentinean currently plying his trade in Brazil for Atletico MG. The Sun believe that a £12 million bid may be imminent for the much traveled striker, who has been likened to Andy Carroll in terms of style.

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The forward has scored four times in 19 games in Brazil this season, but managed just seven goals in 38 games across two previous spells in Europe in Norway and Italy, so this interest may come as a surprise for some fans.

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