Report: West Ham to clinch £10m attacker deal, transfer could be done this weekend
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Enner Valencia is closing in on a transfer to Lazio that could be worth £10million, according to a report.
Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport claim West Ham are in advanced talks with the Serie A club about a deal for the 26-year-old to move to Italy.
It is said the two clubs are close to agreeing a £1.7million fee for a season-long loan, with a obligation for Lazio to pay a further £8.3million to sign the 26-year-old permanently in 12 months.
Valencia has been linked with a move to Serie A giants Lazio for the majority of the transfer window with his place in the West Ham first team not assured.
The Gazzetta report claims that the Ecuador international could arrive in the Stadio Olympico on Friday night, or over the weekend, to put pen to paper on the deal.
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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 a claret and blue shirt.
With Valencia set to leave, and Senegalese forward Diafra Sakho handing in a transfer request, manager Slaven Bilic is left with just Andy Carroll up front.
However, West Ham are working on signing at least one proven striker after completing a deal for Manchester United youngster Ashley Fletcher on a free transfer earlier this week.
The Croatian manager has been linked with bringing in Robin van Persie and Carlos Bacca, after missing out on Michy Batshuayi, Carlos Tevez and Vincent Janssen.
In other West Ham transfer news, this German star could also replace Valencia.