West Ham will move for Antonio Valencia if Pablo Zabaleta leaves in the summer, according to The Sun.

Zabaleta is mulling over his options with his two-year contract at West Ham expiring at the end of the season.

According to this report, the 34-year-old may choose to retire and join Manchester City’s coaching team.

If Zabaleta departs in the summer, West Ham will need a new right-back to compete with Ryan Fredericks.

And Manchester United defender Valencia has been identified as a potential target for Manuel Pellegrini.


Who is Antonio Valencia?

Manchester United right-back Antonio Valencia has lost his starting spot this season. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Valencia offers vast experience in England, having moved to the country in 2006 when he joined Wigan Athletic.

After three years at Wigan, the Ecuador international joined Manchester United in 2009 and moved from right-wing to right-back during his time at Old Trafford.

The 33-year-old has played over 400 games in English football, including nearly 250 times in the Premier League for the Red Devils.

But game time has been limited this season and his contract is due to expire when the season ends.

West Ham could swoop for Valencia on a free transfer to fill any void left by Zabaleta. And because he will be a free agent, his £100,000-per-week demands are within the budget.

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