Zarate relishing West Ham chance

The former Birmingham City, Lazio and Inter striker is in negotiations with the Hammers over a return to the Premier League, having consulted Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano
Mauro Zarate is relishing the chance of another crack at the Premier League ahead of a proposed move to West Ham.

The Velez Sarsfield striker has arrived in England and is reportedly set to sign a three-year deal at Upton Park.

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For Zarate, the move would represent a second chance in England's top flight, after he enjoyed a loan spell at Birmingham City in the second half of the 2007-08 season. Since then, the Argentine has played for Lazio and Inter in Serie A before returning to first club Velez in his homeland last July.

The 27-year-old is now looking forward to linking up with West Ham and attempting to make a name for himself in the Premier League.

He told Sky Sports News: "It's a new chance for me. West Ham called me. They are a fierce team and now I think I want to play [there]."

Countrymen Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano have previously plied their trade at Upton Park and Zarate confirmed that he has briefly spoken to the duo.

"Yes, [I have spoken to them] a little bit," he remarked. "Now we will talk [with West Ham's owners] and maybe I will sign."