By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa have tabled a bid for West Ham attacker Enner Valencia, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim it is unknown what figure Villa offered 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 70 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.
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.
Slaven Bilic has revealed he is in the market to sign a striker in the final week of the window after Andre Ayew was ruled out for four months with a thigh injury and Andy Carroll sustained a knee problem that will keep him out for six weeks.
Valencia has just two years left on his current deal allowing the east London outfit to dictate transfer proceedings.
Valencia, who can play out wide or through the middle, would seem to fit the bill of the striker that Di Matteo and owner Dr Tony Xia are trying to bring to Villa Park. He’s quick, mobile and has an eye for the spectacular goal.
The 26-year-old, who has scored an impressive 16 goals in 29 international matches, has played in five matches for West Ham this season but has yet to open his scoring account.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club have agreed the terms of a midfielder deal.