The Pachuca striker is currently featuring for his nation at the World Cup in Brazil, where he has reportedly caught the eye of a host of Premier League clubs, including Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle.
Having scored three goals in his opening two group-stage appearances, Valencia has emerged as a surprise contender for tournament’s Golden Boot award. He is currently leading the race for the accolade, alongside the likes of Karim Benzema, Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller.
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The powerful forward has made a real impression in the past week or so. He scored against England in a World Cup warm-up game, and netted in the 2-1 opening group match defeat to Switzerland.
A further two goals against Honduras on Friday ensured Ecuador remain confident of progressing from the group stages. Like Switzerland, they now have three points, but they lead their European opponents on goal difference.
With the Ecuadorians hopeful of qualification to the knock-out phase of the competition, Valencia has an even greater opportunity to prove his ability. He may not have scored against the strongest of opposition, but thus far he has provided one of Ecuador’s biggest threats in attack.
Although far from a household name, he boasts an impressive goal scoring record at both club and international level. Since joining Pachuca in January, he has scored 18 goals in 23 league appearances, whilst he has netted on six occasions for his country in 2014.
In terms of a potential deal, Valencia is reportedly considering a move to Europe, and according to the Express, White Hart Lane is currently his most likely destination.