By Tom Blackburn
Lazio have moved into pole position to sign West Ham attacker Enner Valencia, according to a report.
It was reported on Saturday that Swansea were leading the chase, but a new Lazio bid has left them close to landing the Ecuadorian.
Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims Lazio have now made an improved bid in an attempt to seal the deal.
It is said the Serie A club have offered £2.5million to take Valencia on loan for the season, then they will pay a further £8.4m to buy him outright if he features in more than half their matches, taking the overall package on offer to £10.9m.
The versatile attacker has had two mixed seasons with West Ham since joining from Pachuca in 2014 for £12 million, scoring just 10 goals in a claret and blue shirt.
With Valencia set to leave, and Senegalese forward Diafra Sakho handing in a transfer request, manager Slaven Bilic is left with just Andy Carroll up front.
However, West Ham are working on signing at least one proven striker after completing a deal for Manchester United youngster Ashley Fletcher on a free transfer earlier this week.
The Croatian manager has been linked with bringing in Robin van Persie and Carlos Bacca, after missing out on Michy Batshuayi, Carlos Tevez and Vincent Janssen.