Mauro Zarate (Striker)
18th Mar 1987 (Haedo, Argentina)Signed:
28th May 2014 (£0)Contract:
3 year contract + 1 year optionPrevious Club:
Velez SarsfieldKUMB Awards:
Worst Signing 2014/15, Most Missed (runner up) 015/16.
The former Lazio and Inter striker returned to English shores after six years away, having first played in this country for Birmingham City in 2008, when the club was owned by West Ham's current owners David Gold and David Sullivan.
Zarate's stock had fallen in recent years after a loan spell at Milan failed to bear fruit. That followed an initially successful spell with Lazio, for whom he made more than 100 appearances.
In July 2013 he returned to Sarsfield, the Argentinian club with whom he started his professional career back in 2004.
Zarate's goals helped Velez to a third place finish in this season's Tourneo Inicial and sixth spot in the Torneo Final. He ended the season as the Primera A's top goalscorer with 18 goals to his name from just 28 appearances.
Zarate speaks to whufc.com upon becoming a Hammer