Irons stick to guns on striker price


Valencia_3191610Reports that West Ham have reduced their asking price for Enner Valencia to £7.5 million have been rubbished by club sources this evening.

The club are sticking to their £12 million valuation on the Ecuador international after the forward enjoyed a good Copa America tournament.

Suggestions declaring the Hammers will knock an immediate £4.5 million off his price tag shows a deep misunderstanding of how the two Davids operate.

And ClaretandHugh was told a few minutes ago: “The price remains exactly where it was – £12 million.

Valencia’s joint agent Barry Silkman has told this site that there is interest abroad and that his client’s form in the summer tournament had created an impact amont watching clubs.

He said: “The talk of Swansea was always nonsense but there is no lack of interest in Enner and there is plennty of time from abroad and the transfer window hasn’t even opened yet.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • johnham1 says:

    I cannot believe West Ham, they are thinking of bringing in players like that Italian guy who was absolutely hopeless against Ireland and they think they are getting someone better than Enner, what a load of rubbish. Enner did not get to play in his best position – I would love to see the club stand by him and give him a real shot at playing up top this season and leave Carroll on the bench.

  • spyinthesky says:

    How many more times do we have to hear that he’s not been played in his natural position inside. Firstly he could only play as one of a two (a number 10) which means alongside Carroll. However Payet is in that position as a rule and rarely do we play two out and out strikers. Valencia was played inside, post Christmas in three consecutive games, scored in the first which got everyone excited and then proceeded to be awful in the next two showing everyone what two managers already know he is two lightweight for that role in our league unable to keep possession or think quick enough to see a pass or goal scoring opportunity in little space. That is why he is played wider to give him space but he is equally ill equipped to play there either, passing and crossing not being part of his natural game as much as back to goal isn’t inside.

    In French or Spanish football he may be quite effective as he is in S American football but 2 years is enough for anyone surely to see he is effectively useless in our football.

  • bubs says:

    His time is up and he has not made the most of his talent,
    But he still worth £10 million plus with the stupid prices other players are being offered for

  • johnham1 says:

    Guys ye have your opinion so I respect it. I happen to be a huge fan of Valencia and I believe given the right opportunity he could rediscover his brilliant partnership with Sakho. Probably the best partnership we had seen since McAvenie and Cottee.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    He will be missed by many if he leaves, one of the hardest working strikers in the league, he would definitely be great in Spain, at 12m he is a snip

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