West Ham looking to offload £37,000-a-week attacker - report
By Will Butcher
West Ham are looking to sell Enner Valencia this summer after Slaven Bilic made it clear to the Hammers board he is not a part of his plans, according to a report.
West Ham news site Claret and Hugh claim that Bilic does not want the 27-year-old after he spent the entire 2016-17 season on loan with Premier League rivals Everton.
It is believed that the Hammers are confident they can offload the Ecuador international because of Valencia’s wages of just £37,000 a week.
However, his form for the Toffees is a cause for concern after he managed to find the back of the net only three times in 23 league and cup encounters for the Merseyside club.
The report claims that Bilic was unimpressed with the player’s work rate when he took over as manager ahead of the 2015-16 season, and talks with agents are now expected to continue.
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Since joining the Hammers from Mexican outfit Pachuca back in 2014, Valencia has managed a dismal 10 goals in 72 matches and is likely to be way down the pecking order upon his return.
It remains to be seen how much the east London side will charge for Valencia, with two years still to run on his current contract.
Football Insider verdict:
Valencia’s form since his move to England has shown that he has struggled to adapt to the rigours and for the good of his career, he should be offloaded to a side where he will be given regular first-team football as a centre forward in order to restore his confidence. If the Hammers can bring in half of the £12.75million they paid for Valencia then they should accept an offer. With Diafra Sakho, Andre Ayew and Andy Carroll all ahead of him in the pecking order and recruits likely to be brought in, Valencia simply is not needed.
In other West Ham transfer news, Trevor Sinclair has urged his former side to complete a deal for this Premier League striker.