£12m man can join Aston Villa if club adds player before transfer deadline – report

By Tom Blackburn

West Ham will allow Enner Valencia to join Aston Villa if they can sign Wilfried Bony from Man City, according to a report.

The Times, as cited by the Daily Star, claim that the Hammers are keen to sign Bony, despite reportedly securing the services of Simone Zaza, and that could pave the way for Valencia to leave East London.

The Telegraph claimed this week that an unknown figure was tabled by Villa for the Ecuador international, but it was rejected as the Premier League club want to bring in another striker before allowing him to leave.

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 71 appearances for the club.

But Villa’s bid to sign Valencia demonstrates once again their ambition to return to the Premier League at the first attempt.

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Roberto Di Matteo’s team have already signed seven senior players this summer and completed the signing of right-back Ritchie De Laet from Leicester on Tuesday.

The Express claimed last month that West Ham have already rejected an offer of £10million plus £3million in add-ons from Swansea for Valencia as they believe they can still make a profit on him.

West Ham have had a striker crisis this summer following the injuries to record signing Andre Ayew on his debut and Andy Carroll in the same week.

They are on the verge of signing Zaza from Juventus, but it appears boss Slaven Bilic wants one more player to cover the position before he’ll consider selling Valencia.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, a 26-year-old signs after Villa settle terms.