West Ham have signed Italy striker Simone Zaza from Juventus on a season-long loan for £4.3m. Zaza’s deal could be made permanent and reach £17m with £2.5m in add-ons based on the number of appearances he makes in the Premier League. It is the Hammers’ 11th signing of the summer, taking their spending to more than £60m. Zaza, 25, joined the Turin club in July 2015 and he scored eight goals in 24 appearances. “I have been fortunate enough to have already played at the new stadium with a different shirt,” Zaza said. “It is a beautiful stadium and I felt the warmth of the fans and this was a big reason why I wanted to join the club.” He was part of the Italy squad that reached the Euro 2016 quarter-finals but missed a penalty in their shootout defeat against Germany. Juventus gave a lengthy tribute to Zaza after announcing his departure, with a club statement saying: “Power, instinct, class, desire and ability to score important goals. This can be an effective synthesis of the 12 months of Simone Zaza for Juventus.”
Joao Mario has joined Inter Milan from Sporting Lisbon for £38.4m (45m euros), becoming the most expensive Portuguese player ever sold by a Portuguese club. The 23-year-old’s move beats Sporting’s sales of Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.24m) and Nani (£25m) to Manchester United. It is also the second-biggest move out of Portugal, marginally behind the fee Monaco paid Porto for Colombian James Rodriguez in 2013. Erick Thohir, Inter’s president, said: “Mario is a very important player, who we have followed for a long time and who would enforce an already competitive squad.” Midfielder Mario made 171 appearances for Sporting and played in every game of Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph, when they beat France 1-0 in the final.