West Ham United are delighted to announce that Enner Valencia has been granted a work permit following a hearing at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.

Valencia agreed to join the Hammers from Mexican side Pachuca earlier this month after a stellar performance in the FIFA World Cup, which saw him net three goals in as many games for Ecuador.

West Ham fought off competition from a host of Europe's leading clubs to secure the services of the 25-year-old and he will now link up with Sam Allardyce's squad ahead of the new Barclays Premier League campaign.

See Valencia and the new signings against Sampdoria in the Marathonbet Cup

"I really appreciate the welcome I've been given and I'm excited to be here," he told West Ham TV.

"I've already watched and read a lot about the club to learn about it - I know the fans are really passionate and I'm really glad to have signed.

"The World Cup was a good tournament for me personally, I scored three times and for my first World Cup it was a good experience, but I hope my next one is better for me and the team.

"Of course, the World Cup gives me confidence to come to Europe and I want to take and advance with this opportunity that West Ham have given to me."

Valencia notched an impressive 18 goals in 23 appearances for Mexican outfit Pachuca after moving from Ecuadorian side Emelec in January, and now he feels ready to take his skills to the biggest stage of all in England.

He continued: "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."

The striker already has experience of succeeding against Premier League defenders, having scored against England in a warm-up game for this summer's World Cup, and he has his eyes on adding to that tally as quickly as possible.

He added: "For me, scoring against England, one of the big teams in the world, before the World Cup was important for me. Hopefully I can score again against those defenders!

"I scored many goals as a striker. I'm fast, and I try to continue like that because I know the goals brought me to West Ham."