West Ham: Zaza offered in swap deal; Everton build-up; stadium security plan revealed
West Ham will activate the clause in his loan agreement which will see Simone Zaza sign for the club for a £17 million fee, and then use him as a bargaining tool alongside a bid of £22.5 million to try to sign Napoli forward Manolo Gabbiadini, claim Italian television station Rai Sport.
The 24-year-old Italian was reportedly a target for the Irons in the summer and has scored twice in the opening ten games of the Serie A season, prompting interest from a number of European clubs, and potentially offering a solution to the Simone Zaza mess that the club has found itself in.
West Ham will face one of the Premier League’s best strikers this weekend in Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian has a prolific record against the Hammers, earning special praise from Slaven Bilic in build up to the game. Bilic, who spent three years at Goodison Park as a player, said:
“They have so many options up front. They are a very physical side, they have pace up front. They have Lukaku who, I don’t know how many he has scored – eight goals in 10 games against us, or whatever I read yesterday. So he is always scoring against us, unfortunately, so that’s also going to be interesting. It will be a great game. They need points. We need points.”
West Ham will have a new man of their own up front with Andre Ayew hoping for his first start since returning from a thigh injury picked up on the opening day of the season as they travel to Merseyside.
BBC Sport claim that the club has also created a five point security plan to improve safety at the London Stadium after the worst scenes of fan violence to date on Wednesday when Chelsea came to their new home. The measures include greater distance in segregation between home and away support, a zero tolerance ban policy, barriers on the concourse between home and away support, barriers and escorts to protect away fans at turnstiles and on the way out of the stadium and video cameras to be used by stewards.
The club are desperate to avoid youngsters and families being put off attending their new home, with cheap tickets offered to try to attract a new generation of West Ham fans, who could easily be put off by the scenes.
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