Report: Italian rivals to battle Turkish side for West Ham United striker Enner Valencia

West Ham's Enner Valencia celebrates scoring their second goal

The forward looks certain to leave the Hammers this summer.

West Ham's Enner Valencia celebrates scoring their second goal

West Ham United are in the midst of a high-profile search for a new centre-forward, but it appears as though they could be set to see one of their current attacking options leave on loan, with several clubs interested in signing Enner Valencia according to Turkish outlet Hurriyet.

Valencia managed just 24 appearances in all competitions for the London club last season and found the net only five times all campaign long as he struggled in his second season in England.

The Ecuadorian has failed to set the Premier League alight since his £12 million move from Pachuca two years ago, and has scored just eight goals in 51 appearances in the English top flight.

West Ham's Enner Valencia in action with Norwich City's Timm Klose

Last term the 26-year-old struggled with injury and poor form, and it appears as though West Ham have decided to allow the striker to move on.

Valencia had already been linked with a move to Turkish side Trabzonspor, but Hurriyet now claims that Serie A rivals Roma and Lazio are interested in bringing the frontman to Italy.

Enner Valencia celebrates scoring the second goal for West Ham

However, there are likely to be several caveats to any deal, none more so than the fact that the Hammers will surely be looking for a permanent move to allow them to cash in, while the Rome rivals are both keen on an initial loan move with a view to a permanent switch.

Also, there is the fact that the London side are yet to secure a top striker target, their priority in this summer's window, after a potential move for Alexandre Lacazette fell through at the early stages.

A report last week suggested that West Ham would go toe to toe with Crystal Palace for the signing of Christian Benteke after that failure, but speculation seems to have Palace as the favourites for the Belgian.

West Ham's Enner Valencia in action with Norwich City's Timm Klose

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