New £12million signing striker Enner Valencia has claimed he was lured to West Ham United with the hopes of reaching the top four, Daily Star reports.

The Ecuadorian World Cup star was unveiled in front of the Olympic Stadium and has revealed that his new club could be in Europe’s elite club competition in the not too distant future.

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“Before signing we spoke a lot about ambition,” Valencia said.

“The ambitions of the club is to try and play European football and it’s definitely a great challenge.

“I’m going to work very hard for it and they’re going to try and make top four.

“From what I’ve heard, it will be in around two seasons that they’ll try to move here [the Olympic Stadium].

“It will definitely be great for the club and for us players as well.”

Valencia arrived on a £12million fee from Mexican club Pachuca after scoring 18 goals in 23 appearances, but is not expected to feature in the Hammers’ first Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur next weekend.

But the 24-year-old is attempting to regain his fitness in time for the season opener, stating: “I’m training normally now and trying to adapt to the manager and what he wants and the philosophy of the club. I’m expecting to be ready in between one or two weeks.

“After the World Cup I stopped for quite a few days but I’m training normally now. I’ve got hope that maybe I might make it to the first game.”

 

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