Enner Valencia is returning to Liga MX, finding a new home at Tigres UANL.
West Ham United announced the sale for an undisclosed fee on Thursday, ending Valencia’s tenure in the Premier League with 11 goals in 75 appearances between the Irons and a loan to Everton. The Toffes had a buy option, but did not exercise it.
Valencia found his way to the PL after a terrific 2014 World Cup with Ecuador and a final season with Pachuca which saw him score 18 goals in 23 matches.
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However his international future has been tumultuous, including a wild child support story which saw him chased off the pitch by police during a CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier.
Valencia has 20 goals in 38 Ecuador caps, and joins a Tigres side with former USMNT midfielder Jose Francisco Torres, Chilean star Eduardo Vargas, and French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac.
The latter has been linked with the LA Galaxy, and the addition of Valencia — while not like for like — could boost the chances of an MLS arrival for Gignac.
Reports claimed the Galaxy headed down to Monterrey for a discussion regarding Gignac’s availability last week, and it’s not crazy to put two-and-two together.