The Mirror is reporting today that West Ham’s Argentine U20 International Mauro Zarate is available for loan next month, and that Newcastle United may be interested in taking the 27 year-old forward.
Mauro Zarate in action against Ipswich Town
West Ham only signed the 27 year-old on a three year deal in the summer from Buenos Aries club Velez Sarsfield, but he has failed to make a big impression at the Hammers, and in only eight appearances for them this season he’s scored two goals.
He is a popular player with the West Ham fans, but manager Sam Allardyce doesn’t use him much and he was at Birmingham for a brief spell six years ago, and was at Rome club Lazio from 2008 through 2013 when he returned to Velez Sarsfield.
Zarate is a skillful player whose game resembles that of Paolo Di Canio, another West Ham favorite, who became the controversial manager of Sunderland for a brief period in 2013.
Mauro is one of the few summer signings who have not been a big hit Upton Park, with new strikers Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia playing well and getting first team games.
Italian club Torino and Spanish club Malaga have been interested in taking the player on loan next month, but the Mirror is now reporting that both Newcastle and Sunderland may also be interested in a move for Zarate.
Mauro scores goals but is not a prolific goalscorer, and while at Lazio he played 126 games with 34 goals and in his career he’s scored 95 goals in 327 appearances.
Newcastle need a goalscorer brought in next month – but Newcastle will likely go for an out-and-out striker who is a proven goalscorer – if one is available next month.
And with up to nine players set to return next month from injury – such as goal-scoring forwards Rolando Aarons and Siem de Jong – a striker is really the number one target next month rather than a forward.
But you never know with Newcastle.
Newcastle brought in a goal-scoring forward on loan in the summer – also an Argentine U20 International – Facundo Ferreyra, but the 23 year-old has yet to appear in the first team, and hardly ever makes the bench, and maybe that experience will put Newcastle off going for Zarate?
We may even see Facundo’s loan move terminated next month.
What do you think?
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