Valencia tried to sign West Ham loanee Simone Zaza but ruled out a deal for the Italian after failing to sell Andre Gomes to Real Madrid and Juventus, according to the club’s sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch.
Gomes, the Portugal international, eventually moved to Barcelona, but Pitarch admits that the La Liga champions’ deadly rivals Real Madrid also wanted the midfielder.
Zaza, meanwhile, eventually joined West Ham on loan, although the Hammers could cut the deal short in January as he has disappointed in the Premier League.
When asked about Valencia’s interest in Italy striker Zaza, Garcia Pitarch told Marca: “This summer we tried to sign him (Zaza) before the frustrated sale of Andre [Gomes] to Real Madrid, an operation with Juventus that included Zaza and Hernanes.
“Andre preferred to rule out Juve and it (the deal for Zaza and Hernanes) was ruled out before it was an expensive signing. But we like Zaza and he is one of our objectives.”