Real Madrid striker Javier Hernandez, currently on loan from Manchester United, will be on the lookout for a new club in the summer and West Ham should fight tooth and nail to sign him.
The Daily Star are reporting that Chicharito will not be extending his loan spell in Madrid while his services at Old Trafford are no longer required, sparking interest from a host of clubs – including West Ham.
The Mexico international is a top striker and will have a lot of suitors should he be made available in the summer, but if the Hammers were to land him it would be a huge statement of their ambition and intent.
Hernandez has struggled to shine during his time at the Bernabeu this season, where he has only been given 198 minutes of action however he’s still managed three goals and one assist.
The 26-year-old is thought to be keen on joining a club where he will be in regular first-team action and he could certainly slot straight into West Ham’s side.
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He is a prolific goalscorer and during his time in Manchester he was awarded ‘supersub’ status for his brilliant knack of coming off the bench to score. In the last four campaigns prior to this one Chicharito has the most goals from coming on as a sub (14), just one ahead of Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko (13).
When started he is pretty clinical, too, and he boasts a great record of 37 goals in 102 Premier League appearances – a return comparable with some of the best forwards in Europe.
The Mexican is an excellent poacher, natural goalscorer and has great pace and tenacity. His record in England speaks for itself and Sam Allardyce would be foolish not to enquire about the striker.
West Ham missed out on Emmanuel Adebayor in the January transfer window but they should certainly now be turning their attentions to Hernandez, who would be a great fit in the dynamic, entertaining system they’ve been playing at times this term.
With Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Andy Carroll – Carlton Cole’s set to be sold – Chicharito could provide an added injection of quality and most importantly ruthlessness in front of goal, which has on occasions been lacking from the east London outfit this season.
The United man is attracting interest from Bayern Munich, Lazio and Roma, while he is also being monitored by Tottenham and Everton. West Ham have a battle on their hands for his signature but it is by no means out of their reach.
Hernandez would command a weekly salary of £75,000 however he may be gettable for around £8 million, which would be a steal considering his age and ability.
This could certainly be seen as a marquee signing for the Hammers and one which would give them a huge lift for their final season at Upton Park before the switch to the Olympic Stadium in 2016.