Ecuadorian international Enner Valencia has completed his long mooted move to West Ham United, having been granted a work permit by the Football Association, as reported by the Hammers’ official website.
The London club agreed a deal to sign Valencia with Mexican side Pachuca earlier this month, with Valencia also agreeing personal terms with the side. He starred at the World Cup, scoring three goals in three games for his national side as they threatened to emerge from their group, ultimately falling just short.
West Ham reportedly beat a handful of Europe’s top sides to sign Valencia, and he is now able to join up with Sam Allardyce’s team for pre-season training.
Valencia had a good record in Mexico before moving to West Ham, scoring 18 goals in only 23 appearances for Mexican side Pachuca. He only signed for them in January from Emelec, in his native land of Ecuador, but is now excited to test himself in the Premier League.
He said: “The Premier League is the top league and I have followed it in Mexico. Obviously my countryman Antonio Valencia has played here for a long time so it’s a big step for me to come here from Mexico and I hope I can be as successful as Antonio.
“It’s exciting to be here in England and London. I want to repay the club in my performances for what they are investing in me and I’m really looking forward to it.”