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DONE DEAL: Enner Valencia joins Mexican side Tigres on permanent deal

The Ecuadorian striker completes his long overdue departure from West Ham United

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Enner Valencia has completed his move to Liga MX side Tigres UANL on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £5-£7.5 million, with an official announcement due from both clubs this Friday.

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Valencia struggled in his loan spell with Premier League side Everton
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The Ecuadorian striker spent last season on loan with Premier League side Everton in a bid to maintain first team football after chances became scarce at West Ham, with the option of a permanent £14.5m move in the summer of 2017.

This move never materialised and the forward rejoined West Ham, after Valencia managed only three goals for the Toffees in 23 appearances.

The 27-year-old striker joined the Hammers from Pachuca for £12 million in 2014, as one of Sam Allardyce's last acts of business before leaving the club after a brilliant World Cup, he played 66 times scoring 10 goals.

Speaking this week, Tigres club Chairman Alejandro Rodríguez said;

"The opportunity is that he be available, that his contract can be negotiated and that he has the interest to come to Tigres."

Matty Lawless, Editor of the Mirror Sport and regular West Ham columnist confirmed the deal on his social media a short while ago.

Valencia quickly became a fan favourite in the opening weeks of the 2014 season, mustering a dynamite partnership with other forward Diafra Sakho, in a dynamic 4-1-2-1-2 formation that saw West Ham push to fourth in the table by Christmas.

Unfortunately for Enner the support has since waned and his overall ability came into question after falling out of favour with current boss Slaven Bilic.

We certainly wish you all the best in the future, Enner!