West Ham have confirmed that striker Mauro Zarate has left to join Serie A side Fiorentina.
The former Lazio and Inter Milan striker, who made 15 appearances for the Hammers this season, will return to Italy after completing a permanent move to the Florence-based side.
Zarate, who was loaned out to QPR last year, scored in memorable wins over Arsenal and Chelsea this campaign, and the Argentine took to Twitter to thank the West Ham supporters.
“I would like to thank David Sullivan and David Gold for believing in me and for giving me the opportunity of playing at such a special club like West Ham,” Zarate said.
“I would also like to thank my teammates for the good times we shared and wish them the very best for the future, and especially I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart all the West Ham supporters for their unconditional support and affection, you truly are unique.”
West Ham wrote on Twitter: “We would like to thank Mauro for his efforts in Claret and Blue and wish him all the best in his future career.”