Report: Italian giants make approach for West Ham ace, price tag set at £12m
By Will Butcher
West Ham could lose Enner Valencia to Lazio after new manager Marcelo Bielsa declared his interest in the versatile attacker, according to a report.
Lazio are in need of replacing their German stalwart Miroslav Klose after confirming he had played his last game for the Biancazzurri.
Italian publication Citta Celeste claim that Bielsa has earmarked wide forward Enner Valencia as the perfect replacement for Klose, with the 26-year-old seen as expendable by boss Slaven Bilic.
The former Pachuca striker struggled to have any impact this season after succumbing to multiple injuries, which limited his playing time to only 19 Premier League appearances.
The Hammers paid £12 million for Valencia two years ago and it is believed that the player’s price tag has been set at the same figure.
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However, Bilic’s firepower in the final third is running low and Bielsa may be forced to wait until reinforcements are found.
With Diafra Sakho linked elsewhere, as well as Bilic losing out in the race for Michy Batshuayi and Arsenal moving into pole position to sign Alexandre Lacazette, Andy Carroll appears to be the only striker certain on staying.
Valencia has most recently been away with the Ecuador squad at Copa America 2016, and has shown that he can still find the back of the net with goals against Haiti and Peru.
In other West Ham news, Bilic must fight PSG to land this Belgian right-back.