West Hams summer-long hunt for a striker which has taken them on a meandering trek around Europe was eventually nearing the end on Friday night after Simone Zaza flew to London to finish his medical. The Italy striker will initially transfer to the London Stadium on loan, although West Ham has signed a deal which means they'll pay Juventus a team record 24m in 12 months time for the 25-year old. Sumudica, who shown Astra have a monthly wage statement of 130,000, claimed West Ham had a better team last year, and it was accurate that Bill's job was complicated by the lack of eight wounded players and Arthur Masaki's ineligibility. For all that West Ham deficiency a creative discharge without Payet, nevertheless, they did make opportunities. The issue was taking them. This was a tough evening for Jonathan Calleri, the Argentinian forward who spurned two splendid chances, and West Ham discovered Lung in rebellious kind. Anxiously as West Ham sought for that elusive goal, what frustrated Bilic was that they played as people. He said that he didn't see enough want from his team. Teixeira's winner was completely avoidable, coming from a West Ham strike that broke down when Sam Byram set Reece Burke into problems with a poor pass from right to left on the stroke of halftime. Burkes hefty going touch enticed a tackle, and West Ham was exposed when the young left back sold himself, leaving his fellow defenders outnumbered as Astra countered. With both full backs out of position, Daniel Niculae fed Teixeira, the Portuguese midfielder once of West Bromwich Albion, who gave Astra control of the tie for the very first time. A 26m move for the Milan striker Carlos Bacca subsequently dragged on for weeks, with the Colombia international eventually choosing to remain in Italy.
With the Zaza scenario it seems quite likely to occur and should occur today, Bilic said ahead of Sunday's trip to Manchester City. The private conditions are additionally consented and he's due in London today, so we expect it'll be done. It is really favorable, and it's increasing. We've been attempting for quite a while today to get a top quality striker, and he was consistently mentioned. Claudio Bravo is not going to be hurried into the Manchester City side for the Premier League home match against West Ham United on Sunday. The goalkeeper finished a 13.75m move from Barcelona on Thursday and was anticipated to be installed promptly as Pep Guardiola's No1. Yet the City manager will not feel the 33-year old is ready for action and will probably stick with Willy Caballero, who has commenced Citys two Premier League matches this season. He's healthy, but he's not going to play this weekend, Guardiola said. He's a goalkeeper with lots of expertise in Spain and with the Chile national team. His encounter, to expect scenarios not in the carton and in front of the box, being great in the build-up plays and fast under the posts he's an excellent player for us. Bravo's entrance has relegated Joe Hart to No3 and Guardiola has said the 29-year old can go if he wants but Everton, the team who'd been most strongly linked with him, say they don't have any interest. Sevilla's reported excitement has additionally cooled, leaving Hart with few choices. We need the best for him and of course, the team will help him get the greatest alternative, Guardiola said. If the transfer window is closed and he's here, he's got to remain here, he'll be handled like another one. I'll attempt, to be honest with him. Guardiola went on to indicate Hart could switch with Caballero and the highly rated Angus Gunn as to who'd be No2. If all four remain the best option is for everybody to be involved in our thought. They may be going to be in turning, part of that, he said. so if Joe, Willy, and Angus remain afterward, it won't be the same one who's constantly on the seat. But when Bilic turned to his position during the period, he could bring on solely Enner Valencia, whose self-assurance vanished long ago. At least Ashley Fletcher, a summer signing from Manchester United, revealed no panic after replacing Calleri. The youthful forward frightened Astra with his direct running, appealing for a penalty after a dangerous tackle from Teixeira; and a brilliant save from Lung refused him his first goal in claret and blue. Nevertheless, this was the first actual test of West Hams character within their new arena. The city has spent close to 170m this summer and Guardiola has ruled out additional inclusions. No chance, he said. It is enough. I'm so happy with the squad and the team. The Croatian was even compelled to resort to throwing the central defender James Collins into his assault as West Ham pursued the match on Thursday and he acknowledged they've not had the greatest chance in preseason. With strikers, we're short now due to injuries but those players will come back some of them quite shortly, he said. Andr Ayew is expected back at the end of November, so there's absolutely no point in adding too many players in that position.
All that hard work last season was for nothing. So were all those emptying qualifying matches this summer. West Ham United's effort to reach the group stage of the Europa League finished in recognisable discouragement, because of both the mode of the defeat and the identity of their conquerors. Slaven Bilic side conceded a sloppy goal, let themselves down with some generous finishing and were overly innocent in the defining minutes. He's more than likely to be out on Sunday. Mark Noble should be all right. With Payet and Lanzini nicely also understand tomorrow. Perhaps one of them. Following this match, we've got a worldwide break for a few weeks and we want them. If there isn't any danger, well use them. West Ham also has agreed on a 24m fee with Juventus for the forward Simone Zaza. The 25-year old is now understood to have agreed to the conditions of his contract at the London Stadium and will finish his medical on Friday. Bilic didn't shed any light on that deal. He was overly frustrated with what he'd seen on the pitch. I didn't conceal it, West Hams supervisor said. I said this is among the most important games for us this year. This is like a final that you must win to go through. The letdown is huge. We created several chances that we should have scored. The nagging worry for West Ham was the knowledge they should have left Romania in a greatly superior position last week, just for Astra to equalise minutes after a glaring miss from Michail Antonio. This is among the greatest days in my personal life, on pretty much the same amount as when my kids were born, a jubilant Sumudica said. Because I understood they were mine. Clearly, Im kidding.