I’ll prove Sam got it wrong about me, vows Zarate

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TALKS: Ched Evans MAURO ZARATE has pledged to “show what I can do” to West Ham boss Sam Al­lardyce af­ter com­plet­ing his loan move to QPR.

The 27-year-old for­ward has signed for Rangers un­til the end of the sea­son and goes straight into con­tention for Satur­day’s Pre­mier League trip to Burn­ley.

Zarate had fallen down the Ham­mers’ peck­ing or­der behind Di­afra Sakho, En­ner Valencia and Andy Car­roll, de­spite a bright start af­ter join­ing from Velez Sars­field last sum­mer.

Al­lardyce de­fended his de­ci­sion to al­low Zarate to leave on loan, say­ing the striker “wasn’t good enough”.

But the for­mer Lazio man hit back on com­plet­ing terms to play for Harry Red­knapp’s side.

“I am happy. I need this, I need to play and Queens Park Rangers have given me this chance to show what I can do,” said Zarate.

“The Pre­mier League is the best in the world at this mo­ment.

“Does my style suit the Pre­mier League? Maybe. We will see!

“When I met the man­ager he told me he wanted to sign me for Portsmouth be­fore, but in that mo­ment I went to Lazio.

“But now I am here and will play for him.

“I will try to do dif­fer­ent things with the ball, some skills to make the dif­fer­ence for the team, for me and for the other play­ers.

“I am fit and I hope I can be in­volved on Satur­day.”

Red­knapp be­lieves Zarate can boost QPR’s goal threat along­side pro­lific striker Char­lie Austin as they fight for Pre­mier League sur­vival.

“We’re re­ally pleased to bring Mauro in. He’s a good foot­baller, some­one with great abil­ity who can play as a num­ber 10,” said Red­knapp.

“I first saw him when he was on loan at Birm­ing­ham quite a few years back.

“He’s a more than ca­pa­ble player, he’s al­ready shown that, and hope­fully he can come in here and do well for us.”

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