Lazio home in on Zarate

Argentine striker tipped for Serie A move

Zarate: Could join Lazio

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Lazio are closing in on the signing of Mauro Zarate, although president Claudio Lotito insists it is not yet a done deal.

Zarate impressed in the Premier League during the second half of last season after joining Birmingham City on loan from Al Sadd.

His performances raised the possibility of a return to England for next season, with Portsmouth having been linked with a bid for the youngster.

Boca Juniors are keen to take the striker back to Argentina, but reports now suggest Lazio will secure Zarate on a five-year contract.

Zarate has been quoted in the Argentinian media as saying a move to the Italian club will be 'a dream come true'.

Top-class objectives

The Serie A side's president Lotito has intimated a deal is in the pipeline, but will not make an announcement until a transfer has been finalised.

"I am accustomed to only announcing a signing after I have deposited the contract with the authorities and this has not happened yet," Lotito told the Italian media.

"Therefore it is not true that we have already captured Zarate.

"We are working on three top-class objectives and hope to land at least one."