Premier League: Struggling Simone Zaza says quitting West Ham would be a 'personal failure'

Rome: West Ham striker Simone Zaza said quitting the club would represent a "personal failure", but indicated he is looking for a way out.

File image of Simone Zaza. AFP

File image of Simone Zaza. AFP

Zaza joined the Hammers on a season-long loan deal from Italian champions Juventus in the summer but has yet to find the net for the Premier League side.

He has recently been linked with a loan move to Napoli, although the Serie A club would have to act quickly -- Zaza has played nine games for West Ham and his deal would become permanent if he plays 14 times.

After playing a late cameo role for Italy in their 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Liechtenstein on Saturday, Zaza said: "It's been quite a negative period with my club so I want to use every opportunity to put myself in the spotlight.

"Of course Napoli is a big club, but leaving West Ham would be a failure to me personally."

Napoli are currently awaiting Polish striker Arkaduisz Milik, who is expected to return from a cruciate knee ligament injury in January or February.

Zaza's agent and father Antonio said last week he would be keen to have talks with Napoli who finished runners-up in Serie A last season and are battling to earn their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

"Napoli is Napoli. If they call, I would listen," he said.

Published Date: Nov 14, 2016 16:50 PM | Updated Date: Nov 14, 2016 16:50 PM

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