Bought after an impressive 2014 World Cup with Ecuardor, Enner Valencia’s time at West Ham hasn’t been the explosive collection of goals expected, and the player could be on his way out.
At least, that’s what Corriere dello Sport are reporting on Monday, as they suggest Lazio in Serie A could be interested in bringing him to Rome for next season.
Newly appointed manager Marcelo Bielsa is keen to add a versatile forward to his frontline for next season, and the former Pachuca star fits the bill perfectly.
With the anticipated departure of Antonio Candreva, the Argentinean coach is looking to Florian Thauvin, a former pupil of his, to be his direct replacement, but Enner Valencia could be the jack-of-all-trades player to provide cover.
Scoring 5 goals in 20 appearances for West Ham last year, Valencia often came off the bench and was played a bit all over the place by Slaven Bilic, who is currently searching for a new striker himself.
This would certainly see one of their options needing to leave, and it seems Valencia is the likeliest of the lot.
Bought for around £13m, Corriere reckon Lazio could get him for around £11m; a price West Ham and their fans might not be too unhappy about were it to be offered.
It’s early days, and we’ll be keeping an eye on this.