West Ham United linked with World Cup star striker

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Enner Valencia could be the subject of a bid from Premier League side the Hammers, according to the People.

Clinical Ecuador striker Enner Valencia is a wanted man, according to the People, who write that the 25-year-old is on the shortlist of targets identified by the upper brass at West Ham United.

The Hammers board want Sam Allardyce to adhere to a more positive brand of football next season, after attracting a fan backlash - as well as criticism from industry professionals like Jose Mourinho - over the seemingly negative tactics used in certain matches.

A move for Valencia, valued at a mere £1.5 million by transfermarkt.co.uk, could remedy that.

  NationPosTouch /AppPass AccFinal Third Passes /AppShot AccShot /AppAssistGoalAppMin
Enner Valencia Ecuador FW 34.7 75.0% 9.67 62.5% 2.67 0 3 3 270

While Valencia received only 35 approximate touches on the football on a per game average, with just 75% of his passes reaching their intended target, the striker was responsible for feeding the ball into the final third ten times every match.

He also demonstrated a proven knack for hitting the target, with 62.5% of his shots testing the goalkeeper.

Ecuador may have failed to progress past the group-stage, but without Valencia they would arguably have failed to even get a goal as he scored all of Ecuador's three strikes (one against Switzerland and two over Honduras).

Valencia scored 18 goals for Pachuca last season.

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