The Argentine only signed for the Hammers over the summer and has enjoyed a good start to life at Upton Park for the high-flying Irons.
Zarate was dubbed the major indication that Sam Allardyce’s was adopting a new playing philosophy, and has been key in the club’s new attacking outlook during his five Premier League outings – in which time he’s netted twice.
His impressive displays have now caught Malaga’s interest, and the La Liga side are reportedly ready to move for him when the transfer window opens.
Chiefs at the Anoeta are aware that landing the forward may be tricky, but they’re willing to pay a significant feel to land the 27-year-old.
Zarate was tipped to be a top star early on in his career, yet he’s never truly fulfilled the potential he showed.
Success in his homeland earned a move to the Middle East to play for Al-Sadd before a loan stint at Birmingham piqued Lazio’s interest.
The versatile ace failed to live up to his billing in Italy and re-joined Velez Sarsfield in 2013, before switching to West Ham.