Enner Valencia could be the latest addition to West Ham United’s summer rebuild…
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West Ham United are set to make Ecuadorian World Cup star Enner Valencia their fifth signing of this summer’s transfer window, having agreed a £12m fee for the striker, and hope to seal the deal by early next week.
Club owner David Sullivan told the club’s website: “We are in advanced talks to secure another one of our top targets and all being well we should get that deal over the line in the next 72 hours.
“The players we have signed so far were all high up on our list of priorities and I know they will all add something different to our squad – exciting attacking play, goal-scoring and experience as well as potential.”
Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Newcastle United, Stoke City and Porto have also expressed an interest in the 24-year-old, who has scored seven times in 13 appearances for his national team.
Valencia, who currently plays for Mexican side Pachuca, has scored 18 goals in his first 23 game for the club, who he joined from his native Emelec earlier this year.
Having grabbed a goal in a 2-2 draw with England earlier this summer, he also netted three goals at this summer’s World Cup – getting the opening goal in his country’s 2-1 defeat by Switzerland and scoring both his team’s goals in a 2-1 win against Honduras.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has been extremely busy so far this summer, signing midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate from Anderlecht, former Birmingham City striker Mauro Zarate from Argentine side Velez Sarsfield, Ipswich Town left-back Aaron Cresswell and Charlton Athletic winger Diego Poyet.
United have also reportedly made a £9.5m bid for former Liverpool target Yehven Konoplyanka, who came extremely close to joining the Anfield club in January. The Ukrainian international has a £12m buyout clause in his contract.
West Ham finished 13th in the Premier League last season, but fans were left disappointed with their sides style of play, and have demanded change this summer.