Loic Remy and Enner Valencia: Is a West Ham United and Chelsea swap deal on the cards?

Loic Remy

West Ham and Chelsea have both been linked with each other's strikers, is a swap deal on the cards?

Could a swap deal be on the cards for West Ham United and Chelsea?

The Blues have been linked in recent weeks with a swoop for Ecuador forward Enner Valencia, reported by The Mail, who has been at the Hammers for only a year.

Last night it was claimed by The Guardian that West Ham want one of Chelsea's strikers, Loic Remy.

Remy has not been able to establish himself as a regular at Stamford Bridge, but it is equally questionable whether Valencia would be able to dislodge Diego Costa either.

With both sides reportedly eyeing up each other's strikers, the possibility of a swap deal is a logical one.

One stumbling block could be the financial aspect, with The Mirror reporting West Ham held Valencia in such high regard they would demand £30 million for his services.

Given their interest in Remy however, they could quite easily lower this over-inflated valuation in order to do a deal for a player new boss Slaven Bilic covets.

A question to emerge from such an agreement, would centre around which club would land up with the better striker?

  TeamGoalsScoring V Shooting AccuracyAssistsAppearances
Loïc Remy Chelsea / QPR 7 19% 0 21
Enner Valencia West Ham 4 6% 3 32

Neither player cracked double figures in goals last season, but Remy did manage to score three more despite featuring in 11 less games. He netted with almost one in five scoring attempts, compared to Valencia's six per cent.

Valencia did create three assists, meaning the pair contributed a total of seven goals each to their side. It could be argued Remy's better finishing was as a result of playing in a more freescoring Chelsea side, but it's easy to argue from the figures that it would be West Ham getting the better deal if the pair swapped sides.

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