West Ham United have made a big addition to the attack after officially adding forward Mauro Zarate.
The club announced the three-year deal on their Twitter account:
Zarate was one of the best scorers in his home country of Argentina last season. The 27-year-old playmaker totaled 13 goals for Velez Sarsfield in 2014 to lead the Primera Division and help the club finish on the top half of the table.
Prior to that, he had plenty of experience in Europe with both Lazio and Inter in Serie A, as well as a brief appearance for Birmingham City in the English Premier League in 2008. With Inter, he was even able to compete in seven matches of UEFA Champions League, scoring one goal with one assist.
While it is a lofty goal, he wants to once again participate in European competitions with West Ham. He explained to BBC Sport:
West Ham is a very important club and we know all about them and the Premier League in Argentina. This club is a beautiful club. I know English football from my time at Birmingham and I hope I will play well and reach the highest possible level.
My aim is come here and do my best in order to help the club to climb as high as possible in the table and to reach European competition again.
West Ham finished the 2013-14 season in 13th place in the EPL, scoring just 40 goals while allowing 51. Kevin Nolan led the team with just seven goals on the year.
It is clear the squad needs to improve the offense and bring more capable scorers aboard. With Zarate, West Ham will have someone capable of creating his own opportunities and finishing consistently, which is a good start to those efforts.
Bryan Everson of PressRowSports.com provided a breakdown of how he fits onto the roster:
With a healthy Andy Carroll also looking to help out, the team should be much better next season. Although this addition will not necessarily clinch a spot on the top half of the table, he will certainly help going forward.
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