Hammers hunt to find club for striker

Britain West Ham ValenciaSlaven Bilic has made it clear to the board that Enner Valencia has no part in his future plans.

The Ecuador international – having finished his loan spell at Everton – is now back at the London Stadium but the club are moving to find another club for him or loan him out again.

They believe there’s a good chance of doing so given that he is on a moderate wage of around £37k a week although his stats while at Everton were not inspiring.

He managed just three goals in 30 appearances for the Irons and the Toffees last season but the club believes there will be interest in the player.

Bilic was unimpressed with the player’s work rate on his arrival and hopes had been high that the Everton loan  spell would be made permanent at the end of the campaign.

Now talks will continue among agents as hunt for a club for the 28 year old forgotten man.


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9 comments on “Hammers hunt to find club for striker

  1. I would keep him for a few reasons. Firstly it would allow us to send Fletcher out on loan for experience. Secondly we have two injury prone strikers so if both are out injured we will need a striker to cover our first choice striker(s) (hopefully that is either Bats or Martial and not Inneacho). Thirdly he plays well on big open pitches as his pace can get in behind defences so I actually think he would really stretch teams at the Olympic Stadium. Fourthly if himself and Sakho could recreate that great understanding then it would be worth it.

  2. You are in a dream world johnham if you think Valencia and Sakho will ever be our forward line again.So you want to keep Valencia but you wouldnt want Ihaenacho.I want some of what you are own lo!

  3. I might be wrong here but when people say about the wide open spaces of the LS im sure that in SQ Metres it is the same size as a whole load of other teams and is actually smaller than quite a few others.I believe the playing surface at Bournemouth is bigger than ours if i recollect an article i read.Its a myth i believe that the LS pitch is so much bigger than most others.
    But getting back to valencia i gotta say i hope he is flogged asap.We didnt want him then Everton didnt want to cough up which really isnt a huge fee in this day and age so why the frig woukd we want him back!

  4. It’s all very well saying keep him, but I remember the last game he played for us, can’t remember who against however but I do know we needed some impetus he got subbed and walked off the pitch so slowly the crowd really got on his back, he obviously doesn’t want to play for us. Shame because with Sakho when they both first arrived he was superb but not any more.

  5. I didn’t mind him, he is a bit lightweight in the tackle to say the least but he was very good transitioning defence to attack, has pace to burn is good in the air and has a thunderbolt of a shot on him, if he isn’t going to feature sell him of course even offer him to Everton for less if they want him as a reserve or better still sell him to a Spanish club where he will probably do very well.

  6. pace to burn. if only he could remember to take the ball with him once he sets off.

    • lol yes occiaisionally he did leave it behind but other than Jenks he was our fastest player, we all see players differently and its hard to argue with the facts as a striker / winger hybrid he didn’t score enough goals and went down to easilly under the challenge but defensively we were a lot more solid because for all of his lack of striking when playing for us he shored up the left side and we rarely looked vulnerable as he provided a short outball for Cressie, Reid or Ogbonna or any of the midfielders, he was then when he took the ball with him able to run it into the opponents half allowing the team space to breath and get back into a solid shape. In that sense he was similar to Vaz Te another player who wasn’t everyones cup of tea, anyway its all statictical Slav doesn’t seem to like him so he will be off if a decent offer comes in.

  7. Phew – what a relief, no need to eat that disgusting popcorn stuff after all – I don’t like to say I told you so but….

  8. Please dont put me through the stress of Enner in our shirt again.Nothing against the guy but he frustrates the hell out of me.Cant we do a straight no cash involved swap with him & Lukaku 😁

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