West Ham United transfers: We need competition for places, says Downing

West Ham United transfers: Stewart Downing believes the arrival of Enner Valencia could help Andy Carroll next season

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Stewart Downing believes that West Ham United’s potential signing of Enner Valencia could help take the pressure off Andy Carroll next season.

The Hammers are close to tying up a £12m deal to sign the 24-year-old Ecuador international, who scored three goals for his country at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

We need competition for places so if we do get that new signing then he will be a good addition

Stewart Downing

And Downing believes the forward’s imminent arrival could help striker Carroll shine for the east London club next season.

“For large amounts of last season we played without a striker so we do need options. We can’t rely on Andy all season,” said Downing.

“Andy was the big signing but he struggled with injuries last season so hopefully the new signings will take the pressure off him a little bit.

“We need competition for places so if we do get that new signing then he will be a good addition to the squad and it’s a big boost for the club.

“It’s definitely good to hear there are more signings coming in. It’s good for the fans too.

“They will get excited that they see there are new players coming in. The manager has stressed that there are more players to come.”

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