Enner Valencia: I want to repay West Ham faith in me

Ecuador striker Enner Valencia has clinched his work permit to complete his move to West Ham United.

Ecuador striker Enner Valencia has clinched his work permit to complete his move to West Ham United.

Valencia's successful work-permit hearing means the 25-year-old now joins Carlton Cole, Modibo Maiga and fellow new recruit Mauro Zarate in the Hammers' strike-force, with the former Pachuca man looking to build on an impressive World Cup in which he scored all three of Ecuador's goals.

"It's exciting to be here in England and London," he told West Ham TV.

"I want to repay the club in my performances for what they are investing in me and I'm really looking forward to it. I really appreciate the welcome I've been given and I'm excited to be here.

"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."

 
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