Report: Everton poised to sign West Ham United's Enner Valencia on loan, permanent option agreed

Enner Valencia celebrates scoring the second goal for West Ham

Everton are reportedly set to sign West Ham striker Enner Valencia.

West Ham's Enner Valencia in action with NK Domzale's Alvaro BrachiWest Ham's Enner Valencia in action with NK Domzale's Alvaro Brachi

According to the Daily Mail, Everton are close to securing a loan deal for West Ham United forward Enner Valencia before tonight's transfer deadline.

The Toffees appear to be in the market for a new forward, given that neither Arouna Kone nor Oumar Niasse have proven themselves capable of being regular goalscorers in the Premier League.

West Ham United's Enner Valencia in action with Manchester City's David SilvaWest Ham United's Enner Valencia in action with Manchester City's David Silva

With support needed for Romelu Lukaku in the final third, Ronald Koeman appears to be making a move to land a striker at the last minute.

The Daily Mail report that Everton are on the verge of sealing a deal for West Ham United attacker Enner Valencia, initially on a one-year loan deal but with the option of a £14.5m permanent switch.

Enner Valencia celebrates scoring the second goal for West HamEnner Valencia celebrates scoring the second goal for West Ham

Valencia, 26, joined West Ham in a big-money move from Mexican side Pachuca after the 2014 World Cup, where he impressed by scoring all three of Ecuador's goals in the competition.

The pacey forward arrived with high hopes at West Ham having starred in Brazil, but he has managed just ten goals in 66 appearances for the Hammers – and he could now leave the London Stadium.

West Ham's Enner Valencia celebrates scoring their second goalWest Ham's Enner Valencia celebrates scoring

With Simone Zaza arriving from Juventus, Valencia appears to have been pushed down the pecking order under Bilic, but Koeman is willing to offer him an escape route before tonight's deadline.

West Ham stand to make a tidy sum of £14.5m if Everton make the move permanent, and he should receive some first-team football due to the lack of other options at Koeman's disposal.

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