Simone Zaza’s move to West Ham descended into further farce when his agent revealed the player “didn’t choose” the club.
Zaza joined the Hammers in a season-long loan deal from Juventus in the summer, with the club agreeing a £24million deal to make the move permanent if he impressed sufficiently.
But the Italian has been an undoubted failure, failing to score or assist a single goal in eight Premier League games.
He has not played in the Premier League since November 19 as any further appearances could activate a clause which means West Ham would sign him permanently.
The 25-year-old is now looking for another club to join in the winter transfer window, but agent, father Antonio, says he never wanted to move to London in the first place.
“We’ll have to see what happens,” he told JuveNews. “Simone has a great desire to return to play in Italian football, and we have to choose the most suitable destination for him and for Juventus.
“He won’t stay at Juventus, because that would be counter-productive. For them, but especially for us because he wouldn’t find much space.
“Is he disappointed that Juve didn’t trust him? Look, don’t make me answer that… it’s too delicate a question.
“Now we’re trying to bring Simone back to Italy because he loves this country. We didn’t choose West Ham.
“No-one forced us, but Simone never wanted to go abroad, he loves Italy and Serie A. A series of circumstances led to him going to the Premier League…Now he’s gone and we look to the future.”