The father of Antonio Valencia has claimed that West Ham are one of the candidates to sign the Manchester United captain at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.
The 33-year-old has been with United since 2009, making 338 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions.
Despite still being club captain, the Ecuadoran will move on this summer.
West Ham are said in the hunt for the midfielder-turned-defender, but the Hammers should swerve a move for the experienced ace despite his impressive credentials.
It seems likely that Pablo Zabaleta will be leaving West Ham this summer when his contract expires.
The Argentine has been a good servant to the London club, but was part of a team that conceded three times against Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon.
Ryan Fredericks has had some decent moments in recent weeks, but neither he nor Zabaleta have really convinced in that area of the field.
As a result, the interest in Valencia is not all that surprising; after all, this is a player with an incredible amount of Premier League experience.
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The 5ft 11in ace will be 34 before the new campaign begins, though, and he has hardly kicked a ball over the last few months.
West Ham need to improve their defence in this summer’s transfer window, but Valencia would not be an upgrade on either Zabaleta or Fredericks and therefore the club should be looking elsewhere.