West Ham seal Valencia deal

West Ham have announced that they have completed the signing of forward Enner Valencia, subject to a successful work permit hearing.

Last Updated: 17/07/14 at 16:30 Post Comment

Enner Valencia: West Ham announce his signing

Enner Valencia: West Ham announce his signing

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The 25-year-old striker, who performed well for Ecuador at the World Cup in Brazil, has been signed for an undisclosed fee from Mexican side Pachuca and has agreed a five-year contract.

The West Ham website reported: "The Hammers fought off competition from a host of Europe's leading clubs to secure the services of Valencia, who impressed hugely in scoring three goals for his country at the FIFA World Cup finals.

"Subject to a successful work permit hearing, he will become the first Ecuadorian to play for the Hammers and the ninth to appear in the Barclays Premier League.

"Valencia becomes West Ham's fifth summer signing following the captures of Argentine forward Mauro Zarate, Senegalese midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, left-back Aaron Cresswell and promising youngster Diego Poyet."

Although the fee for Valencia will not be disclosed it is believed that it will be close to the club-record £15m which the Hammers paid for Andy Carroll last summer.

And manager Sam Allardyce will be hoping that the arrival of Valencia will ensure the team are less reliant on Carroll for an attacking threat.

The England forward struggled with injuries last season and West Ham found goal scoring difficult in his absence, although they emerged from a poor run of form to finish the season in 13th place.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

A

pparently Chiles has blamed Twitter trolls for his exit. Proof that even the worst things can get great results at times.

cheshire-gooner
Adrian Chiles to leave ITV

Footer 365

Dutch FA president Michael van Praag to challenge Sepp Blatter for FIFA top job

Dutch FA president Michael van Praag is to stand against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.

Scottish football: Charlie Telfer upbeat over Dundee United's cup chances this season

Charlie Telfer believes he could end his first season at Dundee United with at least one cup winner's medal.

Capital One Cup: Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough hopes to upset Tottenham

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough is keen to cause another upset and beat Tottenham to the Capital One Cup final.

Mail Box

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

A Massive Mailbox On A Weekend Of Wonder

We unsurprisingly have plenty of mails on a wonderful FA Cup weekend, including thoughts on Palace, Van Gaal, Phil Jones, Chelsea, Mourinho and Yaya Toure...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company