By Will Butcher

Everton could sign West Ham attacker Enner Valencia on a permanent for a much cheaper fee than first believed, according to a report.

The Liverpool Echo claim that the Toffees could make a saving of around £2.5million by bringing the 27-year-old star Valencia to Goodison Park for a fee of under £12million.

The report claims that it was previously that the agreement to buy Valencia would cost Ronald Koeman’s side £14.5million.

The Ecuador international joined the Toffees in the summer on a season-long loan deal, which included the option to buy the star at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.

Valencia, who has scored three times for the Toffees in 17 league appearances this season, has only been used intermittently by Koeman in the face of first-team competition.

The likes of Kevin Mirallas, Ademola Lookman and Aaron Lennon have all been competing with Valencia for a chance in Koeman’s side, limiting the ex-Pachuca forward to just three Premier League starts.

However, with Valencia on the pitch, the Toffees have averaged a goal every 10 minutes since the turn of the year, with the attacker scoring all three of his goals in 2017.

It remains to be seen if the Toffees are willing to sign their number 19 on a permanent basis in the summer.

Valencia is barred from the Merseyside outfit’s clash on Saturday, as the Toffees go up against parent club West Ham, but he could return against Chelsea on April 30 at Stamford Bridge.

In other Everton transfer news, Koeman is planning to hijack Arsenal’s move for this defender.

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