Ecuador striker Enner Valencia has completed his £12 million move to West Ham after he was granted a work permit.
The 25-year-old joins the Hammers from Mexican club Pachuca and has put pen to a five-year contract.
The forward saw his stakes soar after a string of impressive performances for Ecuador at the recent World Cup in Brazil, and it is West Ham who have won the race for his signature.
“I really appreciate the welcome I’ve been given and I’m excited to be here,” he told West Ham TV.
“I’ve already watched and read a lot about the club to learn about it – I know the fans are really passionate and I’m really glad to have signed.
“The World Cup was a good tournament for me personally, I scored three times and for my first World Cup it was a good experience, but I hope my next one is better for me and the team.
“Of course, the World Cup gives me confidence to come to Europe and I want to take and advance with this opportunity that West Ham have given to me.”
Valencia’s arrival will come as a relief to manager Sam Allardyce, with his primary striker, Andy Carroll, ruled out for four months due to an ankle injury.
post by Funsho Fagbure