​West Ham forward Enner Valencia has spent the majority of his season on loan at fellow Premier League side Everton, but will be welcomed back by manager Slaven Bilic, should the player decide he wants to fight for his place at the London Stadium.

During his press conference, as quoted by ​football.london, Bilic insisted Valencia's long term future is down to the player himself.


“We will see. He is our player and we will see what we want and what the player wants,” Bilic said.

Valencia joined Everton on 31st August and has made 26 appearances scoring three goals in that time.

He has been utilised mostly as sub under Ronald Koeman, but there are suggestions that the forward hasn't done enough to convince Everton of a permanent deal this summer.

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West Ham themselves may be interested in retaining Valencia's services as the Hammers' forwards have struggled this season.

Andy Carroll has provided seven Premier League goals this term, but his injury issues continue to haunt the Englishman, who is once again missing for West Ham this weekend with a knock.

No other West Ham striker has scored more than one goal in the Premier League this season.