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Report: West Ham field lucrative loan bid from Euro giants for key attacker

By Harvey Byrne

Galatasaray have made an offer to West Ham to sign Enner Valencia on a season-long loan, according to a report.

Turkish website HaberTS claims that the Turkish club have made an offer to capture the Ecuadorian on loan with a view to a permanent deal next summer.

It is believed that Trabzonspor are also interested in signing the 26-year-old striker, but their Super Lig rivals Galatasary have offered the Hammers £1million to take him on loan for the 2016-17 season.

The London club are well-known to be in the market for a striker this summer and have made significant reported bids for Michy Batshuayi, Alexandre Lacazette and Mauro Icardi.

It is assumed that if West Ham do bring in at least another forward then one of the current roster of attacking players will have to make way, with Valencia and Diafro Sakho the most likely candidates.

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Winger Valencia scored six goals in 25 appearances in all competitions in the recently completed season following an even more productive debut campaign at Upton Park.

He featured for his country in this summer’s Copa America scoring two goals in four appearances helping Ecuador win their group ahead of Brazil.

The attacker who can play across the forward line joined the Hammers in the summer of 2014 for £11.25million from Mexican side CF Pachuca and has three-years remaining on his current deal at the club.

In other West Ham news, The Hammers have slapped an £11million price tag on defender James Tomkins.