West Ham have turned down Lazio’s £10m bid for striker Enner Valencia, reports the Sunday Express, with the Hammers valuing the Ecuadorian at £13m, and are refusing to sell for anything less.
It remains to be seen whether Lazio will go back and meet West Ham’s £13m valuation after it was manager Marcelo Bielsa who requested the Rome based club to sign the Ecuador international before he resigned after just two days in the job.
Valencia could still be set for a West Ham exit, regardless, with the Hammers in the market for another No.9.
The club have made it clear they are in search of a new forward after approaching various clubs and strikers this summer.
The new Olympic Stadium residents had made a bid for Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi and were said to be close to securing his services. However, Chelsea muscled in and signed the 22-year-old in a deal worth £33m.
Alexandre Lacazette was another centre-forward playing in Ligue 1 that West Ham were interested in, but a deal for Lyon’s star man failed to come to fruition.
Ex-hammer Carlos Tevez was also approached in the Hammers quest to secure a top forward to lead the line, but the Argentine’s £250k-a-week wage demand prevented a deal from happening.
West Ham have since turned their attention to AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca with a fee rumoured to have been agreed between the English and Italian sides.
As for other positions, West Ham have signed winger Sofiane Feghouli from Valencia and midfielder Havard Nordtveit from Borussia M’Gladbach.