By Tom Blackburn
Swansea are ahead of Lazio in the hunt for West Ham attacker Enner Valencia, according to a report.
It was reported on Friday that Lazio and West Ham clubs are close to agreeing a £1.7million fee for a season-long loan for the forward, with a obligation for the Italian club to pay a further £8.3million to sign the 26-year-old permanently in 12 months.
Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio now claims on his website that Swansea are now leading the chase to sign Valencia.
It is said the Premier League club are willing to offer a straight cash sum of £10.9million to sign Valencia permanently.
The possibility of Swansea winning the race for the Ecuador international is a shock as he has been strongly linked with a move to Serie A giants Lazio for the majority of the transfer window.
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.
In other West Ham transfer news, a prolific striker has hinted at a decision after being offered a £14million wages package.