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West Ham: Zaza latest; Oxford speaks out; under-23s in EFL Trophy action

West Ham: Zaza latest; Oxford speaks out; under-23s in EFL Trophy action

Despite being benched at the weekend amongst speculatoin that he could be sent back to Juventus early, Tutto Juve claim that Simone Zaza’s father has stated that West Ham’s loan deal for the Italian forward included a compulsory purchase clause for a fee of £24 million, with the details likely to be finalised in order for the deal to go through in January.

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Zaza has been hugely disappointing for the Hammers and is yet to score, and hasn’t looked like coming close to scoring either in his opening few games for the club. With Andy Carroll looking close to a return and Michail Antonio being trialed up-front in his place, it’s hard to imagine that club bosses will be too pleased about having to fork out for Zaza after his start to life in London.

One man who could be set to join Zaza in staying at the club is young sensation Reece Oxford, who spoke to the Independent. When quizzed on his future, the 17-year-old did his best to avoid giving a firm answer, but certainly seemed keen on the opportunity of first team football that he has been offered at the London Stadium as he discussed his achievements to date and his hopes for the future:

“I was just happy to be in and around the team, being in the 16, being in and around a Premier League team. I got nine games, I came on a couple of times in the Prem, a couple of times in the cup games. What else can you wish for? Hopefully in five years’ time I’ll just be playing football, and captaining my club and my country. Or being in and around my country.”

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Club bosses are still negotiating over a new deal with Oxford but will be desperate to ensure that he is still at West Ham in five year’s time.

However, other youth products to come through the West Ham ranks have not been so successful, as the Hammers under-23s team suffered their second defeat in as many games in the Checkatrade Trophy in Group D. On the opening matchday, they suffered a 4-2 defeat to Coventry City, and followed it up with a decisive 3-0 defeat to League 2 Wycombe Wanderers last night.

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Adebayo Akinfenwa opened the scoring early on and the Chairboys looked commanding throughout despite the Irons growing into the game as a young West Ham side fell out of the trophy with one more game left to play against Northampton Town.

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