By Dominic Toner
Everton have completed a loan deal for West Ham striker Enner Valencia, it was announced on Wednesday night.
The Toffees confirmed on their website shortly before the transfer window closed that they have signed the versatile Hammers forward on loan for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.
Everton will have the opportunity to make the deal permanent at the end of the season if his spell is successful, with Sky Sports reporting on their transfer centre blog on Wednesday (10.47pm) that he could be purchased for £14.5million next summer.
Ronald Koeman has managed to complete a deal for the 26-year-old in the closing stages of deadline but appears to have failed in his bid to land Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle.
The Frenchman was set to appear to travel to Goodison Park to undergo a medical but now appears to be joining Tottenham, as he ignored manager Koeman’s attempts to contact him on Wednesday night.
Valencia has usually played in a wide forward role for West Ham, but has been starting up front in the new campaign after injuries to Andy Carroll, Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho.
However, Slaven Bilic moved to bring Italy international striker Simone Zaza to east London from Juventus on loan on Sunday, meaning that Valencia’s game time would become limited.
The Ecuadorian moved to West Ham in the summer of 2014 in a £12million deal from Mexican side Pachuca and still has three years remains at the club.
He has played in 72 encounters for the Hammers during his two-year stay at the club, including six starts in the new campaign in both the Premier League and the Europa League.
Koeman had started the season with Gerard Deulofeu up top in star-striker Romelu Lukaku’s absence.
In other Everton transfer news, they have had a £3million bid rejected for Ludogorets left-back Nathanael Pimiento.