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OFFICIAL: Mauro Zarate signs from West Ham United

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The acquisition of the Argentine striker will allow Giuseppe Rossi to leave the club

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Former Lazio and Inter striker Mauro Zarate has officially signed for FiorentinaMooted for several days, the move was officially announced this evening on his former club West Ham United's official Twitter account:

The two and a half year deal is believed to be worth €2.1 million and joins Tino Costa as the second signing of this window. Zarate's arrival paves the way for Giuseppe Rossi to join Levante on loan, which seems to be a done  deal as the player said goodbye and thanked Fiorentina fans on his official Twitter account today.

There is likely to be more activity during January as the priority remains to secure a central defender. There are a number of rumoured options in this position, including long term target Lisandro Lopez of Benfica, but it remains to be seen who will end up in a Viola shirt come the end of the window.