In their biggest bit of business so far this Summer, West Ham have snapped up world cup sensation Enner Valencia in a £12 million deal. Valencia had been courted by a growing gang of clubs after slotting all three of unlucky Ecuador's goals during the championship but ultimately the Hammmers have managed to capture his services on what is rumoured to be a five year deal. His World cup form is no flash in the pan, however, as the 24 year old's profile has been growing for a number of years since changing from his original position as a winger to his current striking role.
Valencia originally emerged from the same youth academy as Man United star Antonio Valencia (no relation) before a four year spell with local Ecuadorian side Emelec helping them to their first league championship in 11 years in 2012 and winning the league's golden boot.
He then moved to Pachuca in the Mexican league where he again shone and took the league's golden boot with 18 goals in 23 appearances last season.
Hammers fans may be a little wary of such stats after the disappointment that was Pablo Barrera, but Valencia seems on a rising curve and has voice his delight at making the transition from milk farming to Premier league footie and will be relishing the oppportunity to show what he can do.
|Oooh - watch you don't get a nosebleed up there mate!
|My name is my name
Either way, welcome to West Ham Mr Valencia.