Search

West Ham sign Argentinian striker on three-year deal

16:53 28 May 2014

Mauro Zarate. Arfa/Griffiths Photographers

Mauro Zarate. Arfa/Griffiths Photographers

Griffiths Photographers

West Ham have completed the signing of highly-rated Argentinian forward Mauro Zarate from Velez Sarsfield.

The 27-year-old passed a medical with the Hammers on Wednesday morning before signing a three-year deal at Upton Park.

Zarate, who counts Birmingham, Lazio and Inter Milan among his former clubs, becomes manager Sam Allardyce’s first signing of the summer.

“My reaction is that I am very happy to be at West Ham,” said Zarate, who scored 20 goals in 35 matches in all competitions for Velez last season.

“This is a new chance for me and I want to play. I think I played well for Velez this season and that was important for me. I had some good team-mates and they helped to make it a fantastic season for me.

“I know English football from my time at Birmingham and I hope I will play well and reach the highest possible level.”

Zarate is a controversial figure as in 2010 while with Lazio, and on suspension for two games for insulting a referee, he was photographed giving a fascist salute.

Standing with Lazio’s infamous ‘Ultras’ section of fans in watching a loss to Bari, Zarate’s spokesperson claimed the player was unaware of the significance of his actions.

In April last year, Zarate was supposed to be in Argentina receiving treatment for a skin condition after presenting the club with a doctor’s note, only to be spotted on holiday in the Maldives.

At the time Zarate was not training with the first team due to persistent disciplinary issues.

It was at the end of the 2012-13 season, after spending four years with Lazio that included a spell on loan with Inter Milan, that Zarate returned to his first club Velez.

In his first spell, Zarate scored 28 goals in 99 appearances, and then last season he finished as leading scorer in the Clausura with 13 goals in 19 appearances, prompting Allardyce to bring the forward to Upton Park.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 15:36
Andreas Jonsson of Lakeside Hammers (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Elite League leaders come to Arena Essex

Yesterday, 14:41
Chris Cook in batting action for Ardleigh Green (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Another win for Cook’s relegation battlers

Charlton's Regan Charles-Cook lifts the ball over West Ham United's Darren Randolph but wide of the post

Hammers defender Reece Burke is realistic about his first-team chances, while we look at the chances for the West Ham youngsters

Yesterday, 10:00
Donovan Miller of Woodford Wells (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hutton defeat Hainault

Most read sport

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Terrific tea, creamy cakes and splendid sandwiches at Mews of Mayfair.

Celebrate a truly quintessentially British tradition with the chance of winning a luxurious Afternoon Tea for two people at Mews of Mayfair, complete with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder