By Will Butcher
Enner Valencia has revealed his desperation to secure a permanent deal at Everton ahead of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign.
Valencia, 27, is currently on loan at Goodison Park from Premier League rivals West Ham, with his temporary stay on Merseyside set to expire at the end of the current season.
However, the Ecuador international revealed to Everton’s official website that he is desperate to remain with the Toffees beyond his current deal despite not being given a regular role.
“I can say from my point of view that I would love to stay. It’s a top, top club,” Valencia declared. “It’s all about focusing on the present rather than the future.
“I’m focusing on getting the best performances in these 10 games and then that will be the time to look ahead in the future.”
The versatile forward has made just six Premier League starts for Ronald Koeman’s side this season, as well as 11 substitute appearances.
However, the Toffees’ number 19 has failed to have an impact since his move north, scoring just two goals in the blue of Everton.
With his West Ham contract set to run until the summer of 2019, it remains to be seen if Everton are willing to stump up the required transfer fee to sign him permanently.
Football Insider verdict:
With Yannick Bolasie returning from a long-term injury and the form of Oumar Niasse at loan side Hull City potentially enough to give him a second chance, Valencia should be overlooked as a permanent signing during the summer transfer window. Although he offers Koeman options as back-up to star striker Romelu Lukaku and out wide, his inconsistency with the Toffees has proved that he is not deserving of a permanent move. Instead, Koeman should scour the market with plenty of better alternatives out there other than their current loanee.
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