Valencia missed out on European qualification last season in La Liga, but is reportedly targeting offensive reinforcements this summer in the form of a U.S. men’s national team forward.
Timothy Weah is linked with a loan move to Valencia for the upcoming season, French outlet L’Equipe reported Wednesday. Weah’s loan spell would also include a permanent option to buy, should Lille be willing to let the American attacker go this season.
The 22-year-old recently concluded his second season with Lille, totaling three goals and five assists in 35 combined appearances for the club. Weah ended the season in stellar form, registering three goals and one assist in Lille’s final two matches of the Ligue 1 campaign.
Weah has earned 24 caps to date with the USMNT, recently starting three of the four June matches for Gregg Berhalter’s side. He scored in a 3-0 friendly victory over Morocco back on June 1 before also starting against Uruguay and El Salvador respectively.
Weah has two seasons remaining on his current contract and would be a welcomed addition to Valencia’s attacking front. Gennaro Gattuso was appointed as Valencia manager earlier this month and will be eager to push Valencia back into the top-six picture in La Liga after a ninth place finish in 2021-22.
The Spanish club finished last season with three double-digit goalscorers with Goncalo Guedes, Carlos Soler, and Hugo Duro totaling 35 combined goals between them in all competitions.
Should Weah earn a loan spell to Valencia, he would join international teammate Yunus Musah, who has totaled five goals and one assist in 51 combined first team appearances since debuting in 2020.