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Everton summer signing reveals why he rejected Premier League rivals

By Dominic Toner

Enner Valencia has revealed that he wanted to join Everton as soon as they announced their interest in him.

The forward completed a season-long loan move from West Ham on deadline-day, with the option of a permanent £14.5million move next summer.

Football website ESPN FC claimed that Swansea were considering a move for the 26-year-old during the transfer window, but the Toffees made a last ditch swoop to land the Ecuador international.

Valencia has revealed that he did receive other offers asides from Everton but he wanted to complete a move to Goodison Park.

“I had some options but when I heard about Everton and saw the quality of the players, nobody would say not to come here,” he told the Echo. “It is a great opportunity to come here with great team-mates and an excellent opportunity to have a great year in the Premier League.”

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“I got the news on the last day of the transfer market. I was very, very happy with the news. I was talking with other teams but the best option was Everton.”

The striker is yet to make his first appearance for Ronald Koeman’s side as he returns to full fitness.

Everton have begun the new season in fine form and are unbeaten after their first four league games, sitting third in the league with 10 points.

Attacker Valencia, who can play up front or as a winger, will face tough competition to land a starting position in the Everton side.

Team-mates Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas, Yannick Bolasie and Romelu Lukaku are the club’s current preferred options in attack.

Valencia has made 72 appearances for parent club West Ham, scoring 10 goals and supplying eight assists in the process.

In other Everton transfer news, the club are considering a move for a Juventus midfielder who is priced at £17million.