Newcastle United offered chance to sign Ecuador World Cup striker Enner Valencia

Transfer hunt goes on with Newcastle United set to pass on Ecuador striker Enner Valencia

Julian Finney/Getty Images Enner Valencia of Ecuador
Enner Valencia of Ecuador

Newcastle United have been offered the chance to sign Ecuador World Cup striker Enner Valencia.

Aware of Newcastle’s need to sign forwards in the summer, the intermediary has already enquired about United’s interest.

However, they will pass on the Pachuca forward, who is being touted around Europe after making a stunning start to the World Cup in Brazil.

United have long held a policy of sticking to pre-designated targets and although they have knowledge of Valencia – who scored 18 goals in 23 games in the Mexican top flight last season – they are not prepared to invest heavily in a player who they have not scouted extensively.

The striker clearly has talent but his Mexican club are looking for an eight-figure fee, which is a sizeable price – even if the club does have money to spend this summer.

Valencia would also need to get a work permit, although his international record means he would probably be assured of that.

The player himself is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League – although there have already been other offers for the striker.

Pachuca’s Vice-president Andres Fassi confirmed the club have already received offers.

He said: “Enner Valencia’s value increases every day. We don’t know if he will stay, it will be hard given the offers we have received.

“The options a great player at this level gets are to be taken into account, but for now he has to keep doing things right.

“No doubt it would hurt us to let Enner Valencia go, but we are realistic about his quality.”

Newcastle have signed two players this summer but efforts to broker more deals have run into delays while the World Cup takes place.

Key staff at most clubs in the top flight are on holiday and many agents of international players are waiting for the end of events in Brazil before committing.

Managing-director Lee Charnley returned from a fortnight’s holiday at the end of last week and has been tasked with securing five more reinforcements before the transfer window closes in September, but there is unlikely to be much movement in the short-term. Alan Pardew confirmed last week Newcastle fans may have to wait a little bit longer to see the striker reinforcements that the club clearly need.

He said: “The key signings, the strikers, are the toughest ones to get over the line.

“They kind of hedge their bets a little bit and we have a little bit of that going on.

“They will all start securing up when pre-season is back in swing and they are focused on their clubs. That’s when we start to see real activity.”

United’s need to bring in new recruits has seen them inundated with offers to take players who have become available this summer.

Cardiff defender Steven Caulker was put to the board earlier this month but Newcastle do not believe they need another centre-back, with Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and skipper Fabricio Coloccini all set to fill those roles next term.

Strikers are the priority for the club with Loic Remy set to move to Arsenal or Spurs and Shola Ameobi – who played a part in Nigeria’s defeat of Bosnia – released.

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