West Ham United are set to announce the signing of Ecuador international Enner Valencia, with the 25-year-old currently undergoing a medical at the East London club, according to reports.
Valencia was Ecuador's key performer at this summer's World Cup in Brazil, scoring three times in as many games for his country.
The Ecuador forward currently plays his football for Mexican side Pachuca, where he is a fan favourite, despite only having been at the club since January. The Guardian now claims he's closing on a move to Upton Park.
Pachuca president Jesus Martinez is not happy to see Valencia move on, but acknowledges that the club cannot stand in the way of his career.
"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," said Martinez, according to The Independent.
"I won’t talk about prices, but if he is sold, it will be the highest transfer fee ever in Mexican football, otherwise he won’t be sold.
"We are seeking the possibility that is convenient for him and the club and that he is sold for the price that we like. We want to keep a percentage of the player in case he is sold in the future to another big team in Europe.
"It hurts me, I don’t want to sell him and neither does the manager or the fans but we can’t go against the career the kid aspires to."
With the acquisition of Valencia, Allardyce will be hoping Andy Carroll can benefit from having a strike partner or, at least, be pushed for his place in the starting line-up for his side. The Hammers have previously struggled in-front of goal, with Kevin Nolan last season's top goalscorer.
Carroll was absent for the majority of the 2013/14 season with a foot injury, but the introduction of Valencia into the side should ensure that any kind of significant drought doesn't occur again any time soon.
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