Inter seal Zarate loan deal
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Inter Milan have agreed a deal with Lazio for the loan of Argentinian forward Mauro Zarate, but have missed out on Genoa's Argentinian attacking midfielder Rodrigo Palacios.

Instead they have plumped for Lazio's out-of-favour forward Zarate who will reportedly cost the Nerazzurri €3 million for the season-long loan with a provision for a €15 million permanent deal in a year.

I'm very happy, I want to train hard and do well.
Mauro Zarate, Argentinian forward

"My first choice was to come to Inter, we fought to come here and now I must show what I'm worth," Zarate told journalists upon leaving Inter's offices in Milan.

"I'm very happy, I want to train hard and do well. Inter are a great team, there are many Argentines here and that's great."

The 24-year-old began his career at Velez Sarsfield in his homeland before moving to Qatar with Al-Sadd. He had a loan spell with Birmingham City in England before joining Lazio in 2008.

Inter have been in need of attacking reinforcements after having sold Samuel Eto'o to Anzhi Makhachkala in Russsia and Goran Pandev's move to Napoli on loan. However, Inter have also signed veteran Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan from Atletico Madrid earlier this week.