Stuart Downing: 'Enner Valencia will take pressure off Andy Carroll'

Ecuador's forward Enner Valencia (L) shoots and scores during a Group E football match between Honduras and Ecuador at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014
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West Ham United defender Stuart Downing believes that bringing Ecuador striker Enner Valencia to the club would take the pressure off Andy Carroll.

Stuart Downing has said that signing Enner Valencia would take pressure off Andy Carroll at West Ham United.

The Ecuador striker has attracted interest from the London club following his performances at the World Cup, and arrived in the capital yesterday to undergo a medical.

The defender told The Mirror: "We can't rely on Andy all season. He was the big signing last season, but Andy struggled with injuries so hopefully the new signings will take the pressure off him a little bit.

"And from what I've seen of Valencia against England, he looks a very good player. He can nick a goal and it is competition for places. It's what we've needed as we didn't have that last season."

It is thought that the Pachuca forward will cost West Ham around £12m.

Sam Allardyce manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and West Ham United at Britannia Stadium on March 15, 2014
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