Enner Valencia move agreed

  • Last Updated: July 17 2014, 14:23 BST

West Ham have announced the signing of Pachuca striker Enner Valencia on a five-year contract, with the Ecuador international waiting for a work permit to complete the deal.

Enner Valencia: On the move to West Ham
Enner Valencia: On the move to West Ham

Valencia, 25, scored all three of Ecuador's goals in the 2014 World Cup, attracting attention from throughout Europe as a result.

But it is West Ham who have won the race for his signature, with the Hammers announcing the signing on Thursday morning ahead of their pre-season tour of New Zealand.

"West Ham United are delighted to announce that exciting Ecuador international forward Enner Valencia will become the Club's fifth summer signing, subject to a successful work permit hearing," a statement on their official website read.

"Valencia, who impressed hugely in scoring three goals for his country at the FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, will join West Ham on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee."

Although the fee will not be disclosed it is believed that Valencia, who started his career with Emelec before moving to Mexican outfit Pachuca, moves to West Ham for a deal close to the club-record amount paid for fellow striker Andy Carroll last summer.