Following on from their acquisition of Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart yesterday, West Ham are hoping to bring another player who spent many years in Manchester to the Olympic stadium – this time Bayer Leverkusen’s Javier Hernandez.
“Chicharito” scored 39 times during two seasons with Leverkusen, and is believed to be enthusiastic about joining up with West Ham manager Slaven Bilic in London.
The record Mexican goal scorer – confirmed in May when he netted against Croatia making it an impressive 47 goals in 95 internationals – spent five years at Manchester United between 2010 and 2015, and is expected to make a return to Premier league with West Ham once they trigger his £13 million release clause following two successful seasons in the Bundesliga.
Bilic had been concerned that his team lacked pace going forward and also needed toad additional goal power, and on paper, signing the 29-year-old could prove to be the answer to both of these problems.
Talks between the clubs are continuing today, and West Ham remain confident that they will sign the striker in the coming days.
The Hammers are closing in on their third deal in quick succession with Hernandez, following Hart’s move as well agreeing a fee of £24 million for Stoke City’s Marko Arnautovic, which is expected to be confirmed soon.
At the beginning of the window, the Croatian manager stated he wanted “big personalities” added to his squad this season, and with Hernandez in a claret shirt – as well as Pablo Zabeleta, who joined the club at the start of the summer – it looks like he is getting his wish granted, as West Ham look to push on following a poor debut season in their new stadium.