Mauro Zarate signs three-year deal with West Ham

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 28th May 2014

West Ham United have completed the signing of Argentinian forward Mauro Zarate.

The 27-year-old has joined West Ham on a three-year contract with an option for an extra year, according to club sources this afternoon.

KUMB reported on Monday that Zarate had arrived in London ahead of a move to West Ham, after his club, Velez Sarsfield, released him from his contract due to a clause that enabled him to be freed should a foreign club wish to sign him.

The former Lazio and Inter striker returns to English shores after six years having first played in this country for Birmingham City in 2008, when the club was owned by West Ham's current owners David Gold and David Sullivan.

Sullivan, who recently expressed a desire for a greater involvement in the club's transfers is believed to have taken a lead role in the deal.

Zarate's stock had fallen in recent years after a loan spell at Milan failed to bear fruit. That followed an initially successful spell with Lazio, for whom he made more than 100 appearances.

In July 2013 he returned to Sarsfield, the Argentinian club with whom he started his professional career back in 2004.

Zarate's goals helped Velez to a third place finish in this season's Tourneo Inicial and sixth spot in the Torneo Final. He ended the season as the Primera A's top goalscorer with 18 goals to his name from just 28 appearances.

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