After wrapping up the signature of Joe Hart, West Ham United are looking to seal the transfer of ex-Manchester United star Javier Hernandez.
The transfer window has seen it’s fair share of howitzers already and West Ham are looking to add to it with the surprise signing of ex-Manchester United and starlet Javier Hernandez, according to the Mirror.
The Hammers led by Slaven Bilic didn’t enjoy the greatest debut season at their new Olympic Stadium last time around. Although they finished 11th, their performances were a stark contrast compared to an impressive 2015-16 campaign when they secured Europa League qualification with an 8th placed finish.
Javier Hernandez has been a prolific goalscorer for Bayer Leverkusen since his £10.2 million move from Manchester United with a return of 39 goals and 9 assists to show for in 76 games for the Bundesliga outfit.
The Mexican has a £13 million release clause embedded in his Leverkusen contract and with West Ham keen to add a big name forward to their ranks going into next season, it appears the “Little Pea”, as he is fondly known, could become a Hammer very soon.
Hernandez enjoyed arguably his most decorated years as a Manchester United player with his 59 goals and 20 assists for the club in 158 appearances helping his side to two Premier League titles and two Community Shields. And Bilic will hope the 29-year-old could bring that experience to the Hammers as a lethal striker up top.
The forward was being linked as a potential Diego Costa replacement at Chelsea and was even being eyed by Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. But with the Red Devils acquiring Romelu Lukaku from Everton, the chances of an Old Trafford return for Chicharito has diminished.
After a quite month and a half, West Ham are finally piecing their transfer business together and with their last few striker purchases not exactly offering the expected service, they’ll look to secure a proven name to complete the job for them.
And their interest in the likes of Hernandez and even Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud signals a step in the right direction.
The 2017-18 campaign could be a make-or-break term for Bilic so far as his job at the helm at West Ham is concerned.
His side did manage to mask a difficult start to the season with a mid-table finish in the end but fans will hope a new era of promise at the London Stadium culminates in potential silverware rather than scrappy 11th placed finishes.