By Danny Wright
West Ham have confirmed that Enner Valencia has moved back to Mexico to play for Tigres UANL.
The Irons announced in a statement on their official website on Thursday morning that the Ecuadorian forward has left the London Stadium for an undisclosed fee.
Valencia moved to West Ham in 2014 after spending one season in Liga MX with Pachuca and made a total of 72 appearances across all competitions for the London club, scoring ten goals.
Last season saw the 38-times Ecuador international sent out on loan to Everton after struggling to convince Slaven Bilic that he was worthy of a place in his first team plans.
The wide-forward, who can also play as a striker, made 23 appearances across all competitions in Ronald Koeman’s Everton side, but only found the net on three occasions.
West Ham haven’t been very active in the transfer window so far, with veteran right-back Pablo Zabaleta being their only new recruit following his release from Manchester City.
Valencia follows Havard Nordtveit in being sold by the Hammers while Reece Oxford has been shipped out on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s a shame that Valencia’s time in England never really showcased the goal scoring finesse he highlighted in his previous spell in Mexico. He looks promising when he first arrived at West Ham, but after Bilic’s arrival as manager his progress appeared to stall, and things at Everton didn’t really help last season. The Hammers really need to push on now and improve their squad, otherwise they could be forced into panic buying in late August. Last summer’s recruitment was poor and Valencia is probably a more reliable performer than someone like Sofiane Feghouli or Andre Ayew at the minute. Bilic needs to reinvest the money garnered from the Ecuadorian’s sale as soon as possible.