West Ham looking to end Simone Zaza's loan from Juventus - sources

West Ham United are trying to cut short the loan deal of Simone Zaza to allow them to bring in a new striker in January, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.

Zaza, 25, has struggled to impress at West Ham since his arrival on a season-long loan deal from Juventus in August.

The Italy international has failed to score in nine appearances for the Hammers and his performances have come in for criticism.

As part of the loan deal, if Zaza makes five more appearances then it would trigger a permanent £20 million transfer.

West Ham are desperate for this not to happen, sources have told ESPN FC, so the club will look to offload the striker when the transfer window opens in January.

A number of clubs in Italy are reported to be monitoring Zaza's situation at West Ham and could offer him an escape route out of the Premier League.

The Hammers are already planning for life after Zaza by drawing up a list of targets as Slaven Bilic looks to bring in a new striker in January to help fire his side up the table.