Should Rangers wait in wings and prepare ambitious loan bid for West Ham's Enner Valencia?

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha before the match

Glasgow Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha will know first-hand what Enner Valencia is capable of, so perhaps he should try and bring him to Ibrox.

According to Sky Sports, West Ham have rejected a bid for Enner Valencia from Mexican side Tigres despite the fact that they remain determined to sell him this summer after a difficult spell in the Premier League.

Of course, Tigres could return with a follow-up bid or another side could make a move, but based on the fact that he has scored just 11 goals in 75 Premier League games during his time on West Ham's books, which included a loan spell with Everton, it would hardly be a surprise if the Hammers do not receive any bids that meet their valuation.

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

Should that prove to be the case, and the Irons have not been able to shift the 27-year-old as the deadline looms, perhaps Rangers should consider making an ambitious loan bid given that Pedro Caixinha will know very well just what the Ecuador international is actually capable of.

Caixinha was in charge of Liga MX outfit Santa Laguna when Valencia was plying his trade in the same division with Pachuca, and it was there that his form helped attract West Ham's attention.

In 23 games, Valencia scored 18 times, according to Soccerway, and Caixinha may have a good idea of what it could take to bring that kind of streak out of the forward once again.

Caixinha has shown that he most definitely has no issue turning to players that he is already well aware of when it comes to bolstering his Gers squad in the transfer market, having already signed both Eduardo Herrera and Carlos Pena from clubs in Liga MX this summer.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha before the matchRangers manager Pedro Caixinha

And while the fact that Herrera is one of a number of strikers now within the Light Blues squad means that another goalscorer may not be on his list of priorities currently, a player of Valencia's calibre would arguably help them reach that next level.

For that reason, surely Rangers should keep a close eye on what happens to the striker in the coming months, as any loan bid - that gives Valencia the chance to build up his confidence, and resale value - could perhaps prove to be the one that appeals to West Ham the most.

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