Transfer news: West Ham set to announce signing of Argentinian striker Mauro Zarate as Sam Allardyce attempts to strengthen attacking options

Allardyce has been informed to produce a more attacking philosophy at West Ham after talks with the club's board

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West Ham have agreed a deal to sign Velez Sarsfield striker Mauro Zarate as manager Sam Allardyce makes his first move in trying to produce a more attacking side following talks to keep his job with the club’s owners.

The club confirmed that Allardyce would remain in charge last week despite growing calls for him to be sacked from a selection of the club’s fans, but did admit that he must produce better results next season as well as a more appealing style of football.

And his first move to address that condition will be the signing of Zarate, with a three-year deal reportedly confirmed and ready to be announced on Tuesday. The Argentinian, who had a previous loan spell with Birmingham City in 2008, was the top scorer in Argentina’s Primera Division last season with 18 goals after he left Lazio last summer.

The striker told Sky Sports News: “It's a new chance for me. West Ham called me. They are a fierce team and now I think I want to play (there).”

Zarate has played for most of his career in Italy after joining Lazio in 2008, having spent part of the 2011/12 season with Inter Milan before returning to his homeland last year.


But he is now set to return to England for a second stint in the Premier League, having been signed on loan by West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold when they were at the helm of Birmingham during their Premier Lague days.

Other targets for Allardyce include free agents Joleon Lescott and Martin Olsson after they were released by Manchester City and Norwich respectively, although the Hammers manager is believed to have around £20m available to spend on strengthening the squad.