West Ham new-boy Enner Valencia granted work permit

The striker penned a five-year deal at Upton Park earlier this month and is now looking forward to replicating his World Cup displays for Ecuador in the Premier League
Enner Valencia has completed his move to West Ham after being granted a work permit at a hearing on Tuesday.

A deal was agreed to bring the Ecuador international from Pachuca earlier this month, pending the outcome of the hearing.

66/1 Enner Valencia is 66/1 with bet365 to be Premier League top scorer
West Ham have subsequently announced that a decision has gone in their favour and striker expressed his delight at officially becoming a West Ham player.

"I really appreciate the welcome I've been given and I'm excited to be here," he told the club's official website.

"I've already watched and read a lot about the club to learn about it - I know the fans are really passionate and I'm really glad to have signed.

"Of course, the World Cup gives me confidence to come to Europe and I want to take and advance with this opportunity that West Ham have given to me.

"The Premier League is the top league and I have followed it in Mexico. Obviously my countryman Antonio Valencia [the Manchester United winger] has played here for a long time so it's a big step for me to come here from Mexico and I hope I can be as successful as Antonio.

"It's exciting to be here in England and London. I want to repay the club in my performances for what they are investing in me and I'm really looking forward to it."