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West Ham: Zaza free to leave; move for Chelsea forward; Hull win reaction

Simone Zaza looks set to end his West Ham nightmare in January as Sky Sports claim that the Italian will “probably” return to Juventus next month amid interest from a number of clubs, including Valencia. Zaza has failed to score in 11 appearances in claret and blue and has been a massive disappointment for fans.

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The striker is currently out with what the club claim is a knee injury, which has seen him unavailable for the past three fixtures as he nears a return to Italy.

As a replacement, the Sun say a loan bid is being made for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, who opted to move to Stamford Bridge over the London Stadium in the summer. The Belgian has played just 77 minutes of Premier League football since and is yet to start a league game, with the Hammers hoping to give him experience to help both Chelsea and themselves.

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The 23-year-old has struggled for minutes with Diego Costa fit and firing, but will likely have an opportunity in his absence as he is suspended for the Boxing Day fixture against Stoke, so that may well affect the likelihood of the Blues allowing him to move across the capital on loan.

Slaven Bilic spoke after yesterday’s narrow, and perhaps undeserved, victory over Hull City to admit that Hull City deserved something from the game as he said:

“For a long period of the game they looked like they deserved something. At the end of the day I would have liked to have played better but we knew that these couple of games would be all about the results. We got six points from them, which was our main objective.”

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However, thanks to Mark Noble’s penalty the Hammers have extended their run of form as they have now taken 7 points from the last three games in a crunch period of the season for Bilic and co.

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