Valencia has been linked with an exit from the Boleyn Ground this summer, with the Guardian claiming Sampdoria are interested in the Ecuadorian forward.
The 25-year-old is currently away on international duty, with the Copa America starting later this week, but with a transfer potentially occurring this summer, the Hammers have placed a £30 million price-tag on his head.
If a transfer is to go through, that would represent a profit on Valencia larger than double what they signed him for, and for a player who netted just four goals this season, it is hard to imagine Sampdoria agreeing to pay that.
Austin is one of the most in-demand players in England right now, and for £15 million, he looks a bargain signing, especially if the Hammers make £30 million from selling Valencia.
He provides a greater goal threat than the Ecuadorian, and although Valencia was played out wide occasionally to create chances, Austin is actually the better provider of goals as well.
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As can be seen, Austin is a far better goalscorer than Valencia, with his conversion rate of 13.8% vastly better than the Ecuadorian forward’s.
Even though Diafra Sakho was the main goalscorer for the Hammers, Valencia did fail to provide much threat in the striking department, and although Austin had more shots to score more goals, his ratio of hitting the back of the net is far better.
What else makes Austin seem the perfect fit for West Ham is his goal poaching ability, with the Hammers lacking someone with a killer’s instinct in front of goal.
He found the back of the net with 40% of his clear cut chances, scoring 11, with 16 of his attempts from inside the box resulting in a goal. In relation, Valencia failed to score a single clear cut chance, which is a dreadful return for a striker.
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With the Hammers keen on establishing themselves with a new-look attacking play featuring a host of goals and stylish efficiency, Austin would look like a great signing.
West Ham may not be in the market for him, but if Valencia does leave for a £30 million fee, they could do much worse tan move for the English striker, who has proven himself in the Premier League time and time again.