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2014-07-17T13:00:00 Updated 2015-02-18T21:34:26

Hammers agree Valencia transfer

West Ham United are delighted to announce that exciting Ecuador international forward Enner Valencia will become the Club's fifth summer signing, subject to a successful work permit hearing.

The Hammers fought off competition from a host of Europe's leading clubs to secure the services of the 25-year-old from Mexican side Pachuca.

Valencia, who impressed hugely in scoring three goals for his country at the FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, will join West Ham on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Born in the port town of San Lorenzo on the north coast of Ecuador, close to the Colombian border, Valencia began his career with Club Sport Emelec in the city of Guayaquil.
There, the forward helped Emelec to reach the Ecuadorean Serie A Championship Finals and the group stage of the Copa Libertadores - South America's premier continental competition - in both 2010 and 2011.

Valencia starred as Emelec reached the Copa Libertadores round of 16 and the Serie A Championship Finals again in 2012.

In February of the same year, the athletic frontman was handed his senior international debut by Ecuador manager Reinaldo Rueda in a friendly match against Honduras.

Enner Valencia
Valencia scores against Switzerland at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

The year 2013 was the best of Valencia's career to date, with his club winning the Serie A title for the first time in eleven years and also topping the goalscoring charts in the Copa Sudamerica - South America's equivalent of the UEFA Europa League - with five goals in just four matches.

Valencia was also able to celebrate his first international goal in a 2-2 draw against Honduras last November.

That outstanding form saw the Ecuadorian move to Pachuca in January 2014. In Mexico, he hit the net with unerring regularity, banging in 18 goals in just 23 Torneo Clausura appearances as Pachuca finished as runners-up to Leon.

Prior to his eye-catching World Cup performances, Valencia came to the attention of English football fans when he headed Ecuador in front in their pre-tournament draw with Roy Hodgson's side in Miami.

In Brazil, he picked up where he had left off by opening the scoring in Ecuador's first group-stage fixture against Switzerland. He then netted both goals as the South Americans defeated Honduras 2-1, taking his tally to seven in 13 internationals.

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.

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 following the late Christian Benitez, Felipe Caicedo, Segundo Castillo, Ulises de la Cruz, Agustin Delgado, Fernando Guerrero, Ivan Kaviedes and namesake Antonio Valencia.

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