Hammers close in on Ecuador ace

Last Updated: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:06

West Ham are reportedly looking to wrap up a £12million deal to sign Ecuador's World Cup striker Enner Valencia.

Hammers chief Sam Allardyce is aiming to bolster his squad with numerous new faces this summer and he has already drafted in Diego Poyet from Charlton, Ipswich full-back Aaron Cresswell, Cheikhou Kouyate from Anderlecht and Velez Sarsfield's Argentinian striker Mauro Zarate, while he is also thought to be looking to snap up Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.

Reports claim he has now moved to strengthen his forward line at Upton Park with a move for 25-year-old Valencia, who scored an impressive 18 goals in 23 games for Mexican side Pachuca last season.

The player followed up his fine domestic campaign with three goals in Ecuador's World Cup campaign in Brazil, with an effort against Switzerland followed up by a brace in the win against Honduras as they had to settle for third place in Group E behind France and the Swiss.

Valencia was also on target in a pre-World Cup warm-up game against England as they held Roy Hodgson's men to a 2-2 draw in Miami.

Pachuca president Jesus Martinez has also confirmed that an English Premier League club are set to sign their star man and it now looks like it is West Ham leading the way.

"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."

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