There are reports in South America that Newcastle United are in the driver’s seat to sign 25 year-old Ecuador striker Enner Valencia (full name Enner Remberto Valencia Lastra), who is currently playing in the Mexican League with C.F. Pachuca.
Enner Valencia – 25 year-old Ecuador striker/winger
Valencia started his career with in Ecuador with C.F. Pachuca and he played 117 times for them with 23 goals and 21 assists and he joined C.F. Pachuca eighteen months ago, and last season he did well with 18 goals and 2 assists in just 23 games.
C.F. Pachuca finished last season in 6th place of 18 teams in the Mexican League.
And it’s difficult to judge how good a player is playing in the Mexican League, and the Premier League will be a huge step up.
Enner has now played 11 times with 5 goals for Ecuador and he made his debut for the Ecuador national football team on February 12, 2012 in a friendly match against Honduras.
He scored against England in a World Cup warm-up game, and scored after 22 minutes in the World Cup group E opening game against Switzerland, who came back with two second half goals to win the game 2-1, and the winner came three minutes into added time.
The reports coming our of South America say that both Spurs and Everton are also interested in the player, but that Newcastle are in the lead to sign him.
Valencia can play as an out-and-out striker or out on the wing, and he’s not a particularly tall striker at just 5’8″.
Maybe this lad is one of the players Newcastle are watching in Brazil, and we will not be able to sign him until after the World Cup has finished – or Ecuador are eliminated.
Alan Pardew said today in the Shields Gazette that the World Cup was holding up some of our potential transfers .