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Valencia signs Italy striker Zaza on loan from Juventus

West Ham United v Juventus - Pre-Season Friendly

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Simone Zaza of Juventus in action during the Pre-Season Friendly between West Ham United and Juventus at The Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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VALENCIA, Spain (AP) Valencia has signed striker Simone Zaza on loan from Juventus until the end of the season.

The Spanish club said Zaza passed a medical and signed his contract on Sunday.

Valencia will have an option to buy the Italy forward at the end of the loan. He will be officially introduced to fans and media on Monday.

The 25-year-old Zaza was part of the Italian squad at the European Championship last year and was eliminated by Germany in the quarterfinals.

Zaza’s signing comes two days after Valencia’s Brazilian striker Rodrigo underwent right-ankle surgery that will sideline him for about three months.