Although Ecuador were narrowly knocked out during the group stages of this summer’s World Cup finals, their leading striker has attracted massive attention from England and Europe, reports talkSPORT. Enner Valencia has become a target for Tottenham, Everton and Stoke City, as well as numerous sides from Europe’s top leagues.
Valencia scored 3 times in three appearances at Brazil 2014, although his efforts were not enough to secure a spot in the last 16 for Ecuador. He was the bright spark in an otherwise disappointing national side, however, and a move to Europe is very much on the cards.
Spurs, the Toffees and the Potters will have to contend with some of Europe’s most prominent teams, however, if they hope to sign him. Fiorentina, Napoli, Sporting Lisbon, Valencia and Sevilla are all thought to be monitoring the forward’s situation. Valencia currently plays for Pachuca in Mexico, having made the transfer from Emelec last January. The player has since netted 18 times in 23 league appearances for his new club.
For Tottenham, he could become one of Mauricio Pochettino’s first signings as manager of the Lilywhites, and a possible strike partner for Emmanuel Adebayor. At Everton, the 24 year old would be drafted in as a direct replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who Roberto Martinez’ men had enjoyed on a season-long loan spell last year. For Stoke, Valencia could become the latest recruit to Mark Hughes’ new-look, creative outfit, as the Potters look to better last season’s Premier League performance.