By Harvey Byrne
Forward Enner Valencia is close to a West Ham departure after agreeing personal terms with Mexican outfit Tigres UANL, according to a report.
Independent website Claret and Hugh has claimed that sources close to the 27-year-old say the Ecuador international has agreed terms this weekend, while his former club Pachuca are also said to be keen.
It is also detailed that the Hammers have agreed to take a 50 per cent loss on Valencia following his £12million move to east London in the summer of 2014 with the club looking to get his £40,000-a-week wage off the bill.
The attacking ace spent the last season on loan at Premier League rivals Everton, but he managed just 24 appearances in the league, scoring three times, while assisting twice.
His West Ham career has gone in a similar direction and during his three years spent at the club he has managed to score just 10 goals in 72 matches in total.
Valencia still has two years remaining on his contract at West Ham, but it looks like his time at the club may now be coming to a premature end.
Football Insider verdict:
Valencia has simply been a flop in England now is the time for West Ham to cut their losses with the Ecuadorian before his value plummets further. The forward player joined Sam Allardyce’s team with big expectations three years a go, given his price tag and scoring record for Ecuador, which has seen him bag 20 goals in 38 international appearances. However, it simply has not worked out for him int he Premier League and a return to South America could now be the best step for his career.
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