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Report: Toronto to send Giovinco to Tigres for Valencia, cash

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An Mexican site reports that Tigres UANL is ready to send Enner Valencia and cash to Toronto FC to land Sebastian Giovinco.

Normally that’s seem a bit wild for TFC to send their perennial MLS MVP candidate packing, but the club has been hesitant to meet Giovinco’s terms on a new contract.

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And Valencia is nearly three years younger and a bit bigger than Giovinco.

Valencia scored in bunches for Tigres after arriving from West Ham, scoring nine goals with an assist in 16 Apertura matches including three multi-goal games. He then saw his numbers dip to two goals and three assists in 11 Clausura appearances.

Giovinco, meanwhile, has six goals and six assists in 15 matches between MLS and the CONCACAF Champions League.

It would be a significant risk for TFC, though the idea of pairing up Enner Valencia and Jozy Altidore is a physical nightmare for MLS defenses.

Enner Valencia heads back to Liga MX; Gignac available?

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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.

Everton 4-0 Hull City: Toffees tatter 10-man Tigers

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  • Calvert-Lewin makes memory
  • Toffees win second in a row
  • Lukaku bags stoppage brace
  • Hull remains 18th

Dominic Calvert-Lewin‘s first Premier League goal gave Everton a lead it wouldn’t sacrifice, as the Toffees beat Hull City 4-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku added his Premier League-leading 20th and 21st goals in stoppage time, and Enner Valencia scored Everton’s other marker to push the Toffees above Manchester United and into sixth (though United has played three less matches).

Hull remains in the drop zone, three points behind Swansea City.

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Barkley played Tom Davies in with a gorgeous through ball that Davies cut back for Calvert-Lewin to finish for a ninth-minute opener. The 20-year-old arrived from Sheffield United in August and debuted in December.

Lukaku had a goal pulled back for offside in the 24th minute as the Toffees worked to make the result academic.

Tom Huddlestone made Hull City’s chances even slimmer when he slid into Idrissa Gueye in the 73rd minute to earn a straight red.

Lukaku assisted Valencia within five minutes of the sending off to make it 2-0, and added his 20th of the season with a stoppage time finish.

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Tottenham 3-2 Everton: Kane double does the trick

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Harry Kane bracketed halftime with a goal on each side, and Tottenham held off Romelu Lukaku and Everton to earn all three points at White Hart Lane by a 3-2 scoreline. Kane’s pair was good enough, despite his Belgian rival scoring with 10 minutes remaining to give life to the end of the match.

Many tabbed the midfield area as the key battle in this match, and that was true early as the teams went back and forth in the center of the pitch. Thanks to this, there was little action on goal until the opener in the 19th minute.

Kane, in great form coming into the match, ripped one from well outside the box, and caught Joel Robles napping, splashing the back of the net with nothing more than a speculative strike that found its target. Kane nearly bagged a second just a minute later on a one-two with Christian Eriksen, with the Englishman dinking past a defender but finding Robles up to the task on the finish.

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The goal brought Spurs energy. Eriksen had a go on the break in the 25th minute, but hooked it just slightly wide left. Victor Wanyama popped off a howitzer from outside the box minutes later, one that crashed into the post, and Kane’s follow-up saw him offside.

Then the heavens opened up. With the rain pouring down and the wind howling in North London, Everton picked out its first chance, with a ball from Gareth Barry just inches too far for Romelu Lukaku, who had been quiet to that point.

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In the second half, Spurs bagged a second in the 57th minute. Robles rolled the ball to Morgan Schneiderlin, who was unaware of the pressure and coughed up the ball to Dele Alli. It immediately found the feet of Kane, who ripped it low past Robles for a second.

Spurs appeared to have a third as Eriksen placed the ball in the net, but the flag went up to rule Kane offside. That would prove big, because you knew Lukaku would find himself a goal before this was over, and that he did. In the 80th minute, Lukaku latched onto a ball from substitute Mirallas. With the big striker one-on-one with fellow Belgian Jan Vertonghen, the defender fell down, releasing Lukaku, and the Everton man buried the chance to give the Toffees a lifeline with 10 minutes to go and sealing Lukaku into Everton recordbooks.

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Kane nearly put it away down the other end on a hat-trick, but he was smothered by Robles with Kane in from a tight angle. The game exploded with fervor, mostly for the Toffees as they looked for an equalizer. It wouldn’t come, with Spurs instead putting the game away in added time. Spurs caught Everton asleep on a quick free-kick, flicked in by substitute Harry Winks and poked home by Dele Alli.

Everton did score again just moments later, with a set-piece falling to the feet of Enner Valencia, but it wasn’t enough as time ran out on the Toffees. Spurs takes all three points, moving within seven of Chelsea at the top of the table and earning a club-record nine consecutive league victories. Everton, meanwhile, remains in seventh position, five points back of Manchester United.

VIDEO: Injured Enner Valencia chased off pitch by police

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Enner Valencia is a trending topic around the globe. This is why.

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On Thursday the Everton striker (on loan from West Ham) was playing for Ecuador against Chile in a CONMEBOL 2018 World Cup qualifier.

In the 82nd minute of Ecuador’s 3-0 home win over the reigning South American champions in Quito, Valencia went down injured and was carried off the pitch and towards an ambulance with a very serious looking hamstring injury.

This is where things get strange.

Reports had circled earlier on Thursday suggesting an arrest warrant was out for Valencia, 26, in Ecuador before the game in his homeland. It relates to him allegedly failing to pay child maintenance payments and Ecuadorian police reportedly turned up at training on Wednesday to try and retain him with the mother of his five-year-old daughter claiming Valencia owes her $17,000. The police were then at the Atahualpa Stadium in Quito to try and arrest him after the game.

His agent Gonzalo Vargas has since Tweeted about the incident and it appears the arrest warrant has now been revoked and Valencia will be able to play for Ecuador in Bolivia next Tuesday.

Watch video of the bizarre incident play out below.