West Ham are in the race to sign the highly rated Ecuadorian international Enner Valencia and have placed a £12 million bid for the striker, Sky Sports News are reporting.
The Pachucha forward scored 18 goals in 23 league appearances while playing in Mexico last season, and the 25-year-old carried that impressive form into the World Cup where he truly announced himself on the global stage.
He scored three goals in three appearances in Brazil, including a brace against Honduras and one against Switzerland, although it was not enough to help his side progress to the last-16 of the tournament.
Valencia also, as some of you may remember, scored against England in the 2-2 friendly draw that was played out in Miami prior to the competition.
It has been revealed by the Pachuca president Jesus Martinez that an English club is getting close to completing a deal for the striker.
Valencia is Premier League bound
"There are various offers for Enner Valencia, the strongest and closest to what the player and us are demanding is from a club from England. We are making huge steps to finalise the negotiation," Martinez told Ecuagol.
"We are seeking the possibility that is convenient for him and the club and that he is sold for the price that we like for everything the Mexican league is worth.
"We want to keep a percentage of the player in case he is sold in the future to another big team in Europe."
The Hammers are particularly keen on bolstering their squad and avoiding the problems of last season when they were often left short on options, with Argentine Mauro Zarate already having arrived at the club to join Andy Carroll up front.
West Ham only managed to score 40 goals in 38 Premier League games last term, so Valencia would certainly provide another great alternative for Sam Allardyce in attack as a proven goalscorer.
He is strong, quick and has a great ability for sniffing out goals, which is an invaluable trait for a striker and one that could see him star in England’s top flight. His clinical finishing and incredible aerial ability has been a major factor in his rise in stature.
Great young talent
The Ecuadorian only moved to Pachuca in January from Emelec in his native Ecuador, but his fine form at the World Cup has led him to be linked with moves to Newcastle, Everton and Tottenham.
His physical attributes certainly seem a good fit to the Premier League and it is almost a given that he will not be playing in the Mexican league for much longer, with Upton Park looking the most likely destination for the forward.
Other additions likely...
It is also being reported that West Ham are interested in taking Chelsea winger Christian Atsu on loan for the new season. He signed for the Blues last September from Porto but was immediately loaned to Dutch side Vitesse.
The Ghanian international featured at the World Cup, but it is understood Jose Mourinho wants to give the 22-year-old a chance to impress during pre-season before deciding on his fate.
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