West Ham striker Enner Valencia last week picked up a serious injury to his right knee and ankle, in the Europa League in the game against Astra Giurgiu.
The Ecuador international, who looked good in the World Cup last summer, could be out for several months and may not even play again this year.
Charlie Austin – Hammers may be forced to move for him
The 25-year-old was seen to fall awkwardly after a challenge, and Slaven Bilic said this about him after the 2-2 draw.
“I am worried.” “It is too early to say how long Enner’s recovery and rehabilitation period may be,”
That leaves the Hammers with only Diafra Sakho and Modibo Maiga – a former Newcastle target – as the only fit strikers up front, with Andy Carroll still not available.
The former Newcastle striker now has a MCL knee ligament injury and is not expected to feature until early November.
There’s news in the Mirror today the Hammers will now step up their pursuit of Newcastle target Charlie Austin this week, and they are now willing to offer 29 year-old former Wolves winger Matt Jarvis as bait in a player exchange deal.
Matt cost the Hammers a massive £10M three years ago from Wolves, and they are valuing the player at around £4M in the deal they will propose to QPR, who want £15M for their striker with just 30 days of the transfer window left.
There was news yesterday that Newcastle would step up their pursuit of Austin this week, but that had cold water poured on it by head coach Steve McClaren after the 1-0 defeat by Borussia Monchengladbach.
McClaren said he didn’t think Newcastle would sign anybody before the Premier League kicks off next weekend.
No club has yet come up with the £15M asking price for Austin, and it remains to be seen how much cash West Ham are willing to put up in addition to offering Matt Jarvis as bait.
Jarvis has only one year left on his contract and if West Ham put up £11M in cash – they could have a deal with QPR.
Whether Newcastle would then move in for Charlie if West Ham do get a deal we don’t know – but time starts to run out as the end of August approaches.
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