Swansea City have been linked to a £10million move for West Ham’s Enner Valencia. The deal could come with Andre Ayew heading to east London from Wales, although that is not believed to a high priority.
Valencia scored six goals in 26 appearances across all competitions last season but didn’t made much an impact – although he did grab some headlines last year following a bizarre foot injury when he stood on a broken cup.
Both Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho, linked to Sunderland, have been touted for a move as part of West Ham’s close season campaign to bring an attacking player to the new Olympic Stadium.
The latest name in the frame is Palermo playmaker Franco Vazquez, valued by his club at around £20million after a strong season in Serie A. The Argentine was the club’s top scorer, hitting eight goals.
He is now looking to move away from Palermo alerting West Ham, Spurs and West Brom.
Although, it remains the case that West Ham’s focus is on keeping Dimitri Payet happy, the club still want someone to shoulder the goal-scoring workload – someone capable of scoring 20 a season.
Co-chairman David Sullivan told the club’s website : “Once we sign a top striker I will feel a lot better and that is the main position we need.”
Payet has a chance to shine further in Euro 2016 after France went through to the next round, although the influential creative force was kept on the bench for much of the dull 0-0 draw. This will please the club, looking to dampen down some of the buzz surrounding the player which has put him on a number of shopping lists.
Meanwhile, the other lengthy saga of the summer – the future of Reece Oxford – appears to have taken another twist with strong reports that the 17-year-old defender may be shipped off to Championship Newcastle on loan.
West Ham fought to keep the young international, who has toyed with big money bids, but he has been convinced that he is wanted in east London for the longer term – but he’s not ready yet for a full Premier League workload.
A spell in the lower league, under the adept management of Rafael Benitez is reportedly seen as a compromise to aid his development and give him time on the pitch.