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West Ham have signed Ecuador's World Cup star Enner Valencia

West Ham have reportedly splashed out close to £15 million on the Ecuadorian striker.

Valencia, 25, scored all three of Ecuador's goals at the World Cup.
Valencia, 25, scored all three of Ecuador's goals at the World Cup.
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WEST HAM HAVE agreed a deal to sign Ecuador international Enner Valencia from Pachuca of Mexico, subject to the successful granting of a work permit.

The Hammers confirmed that they had agreed an undisclosed fee with Pachuca and that Valencia, 25, will sign a five-year contract at Upton Park.

Reports in England suggest the transfer fee will come close to the club record sum of £15million paid for striker Andy Carroll last summer.

Formerly of Ecuadorean side Emelec, Valencia only joined Pachuca in January this year but his excellent performances at the World Cup generated widespread interest from clubs in Europe.

Valencia scored all three of Ecuador’s goals in Brazil, including a brace in a 2-1 victory against Honduras, but he could not prevent the South American nation from being eliminated in the group stage.

He is West Ham’s fifth summer signing following the captures of Argentine forward Mauro Zarate, Senegal defender Cheikhou Kouyate, left-back Aaron Cresswell and youngster Diego Poyet.

- © AFP, 2014

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