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West Ham finally confirm striker signing as big money summer spending continues

14:15 29 July 2014

West Ham have confirmed the signing of striker Enner Valencia after he was granted a work permit on Tuesday afternoon.

Valencia becomes the Hammers’ fifth summer signing as the club pass the £25million summer spend barrier.

The impressive striker was on form for Ecuador at the World Cup scoring three goals, as well as notching against England in a warm up game.

With another long term injury suffered by Andy Carroll the emphasis is on Valencia to get the goals and the 25-year-old is relishing the challenge.

“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.”

“The Premier League is the top league and I have followed it in Mexico. Obviously my countryman Antonio Valencia has played here for a long time so it’s a big step for me to come here from Mexico and I hope I can be as successful as Antonio.

“It’s exciting to be here in England and London. I want to repay the club in my performances for what they are investing in me and I’m really looking forward to it.”

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