West Ham United supporters were expecting great things from Simone Zaza when he arrived at the club in the 2016 summer transfer window, but the standard of his performances far from mirrored pre-season expectation.
Zaza was unquestionably one of West Ham’s worst signings in recent years. The Italy international joined on an initial season-long loan deal, but his time in east London was cut short in January after he failed to score in 11 appearances for the club before a knee injury left him sidelined throughout December.
Fortunately the financial implications of the deal were not overly disastrous for the club, but it appears that the club have failed to learn their lesson following recent reports detailing their interest in Samir Nasri.
According to the Daily Mirror, Manuel Pellegrini is still keen on securing a January reunion with Nasri if he proves his fitness in the coming weeks, with a weekly salary of £80,000 per week reportedly on the cards.
Now, for a 31-year-old known troublemaker, who has been absent from professional football for the entirety of 2018, a contract worth £80,000 per week is verging on farcical.
West Ham may well feel that they need to bolster their options in attacking midfield, particularly given the lengthy absence of Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere’s injury troubles, but they must invest in a talent for the long-term future rather than a player who is well past his best.
A deal bearing a similar resemblance to the one currently being eyed by West Ham was completed last year when Patrice Evra moved to the London Stadium, and that proved to be pointless at best.
Perhaps the signing of Jordan Hugill is regarded as the worst signing in recent memory but, considering Zaza’s reputation upon his arrival compared to his incredibly lacklustre performances, it’s fair to say that he was the most disappointing and underwhelming of the two strikers.
But if Nasri eventually signs for the club it’s difficult to see his spell being anything other than an incredibly underwhelming waste of money, so the club should abandon their pursuit, unless, of course, Nasri significantly slashes his wage demands.
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