Jul 14, 2017
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Could Bayer Leverkusen’s Javier Hernandez be the solution to Chelsea or West Ham’s problems?

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The Sun believe that Chelsea may make a surprise move for former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez. The striker, who is now at Bayer Leverkusen in Germany after a spell on loan at Real Madrid under Jose Mourinho, is also attracting interest from fellow Premier League side West Ham United.

What would he bring to London?

The hard working Mexican has developed a reputation as a regular and reliable goalscorer regardless of where he plays. Having been a success in England, Spain and Germany, he managed 13 goals in 36 games last season – far from his most prolific campaign.

With pace and pressing up-front, the popular striker would be a sound addition for two sides looking to bolster their forward lines. Also a big name in English football after his spell in Manchester, he could be a marquee signing for a side like West Ham.

Would both clubs be interested?

For Chelsea, it seems unlikely that Hernandez would be first choice. At 29 years of age, he is probably past his best and lacks the star quality that other targets this summer have had. However, the Blues have missed out on their top targets and could turn to Hernandez as another option which would certainly fill the gap until an improvement could be found.

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In West Ham’s case, they would be desperate to bring in a player like the former Manchester United fan favourite. Having a reputation for his regular goals at Old Trafford will provide a huge boost as David Gold and David Sullivan look to bring in a player with a Premier League track record. Goals like those provided by the striker are desperately needed by the Hammers this summer.

Is a move likely?

After the exits of two key players already this summer with Omer Toprak and Hakan Calhanoglu leaving to join Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan respectively, it would not be a huge shock to see another player follow them out of the door.

Having spent years failing to compete for trophies and not making a huge impact on the Champions League with Leverkusen, Chicharito may see this as his last chance at the highest level at his age and could jump at the opportunity to join Chelsea if the opportunity came his way.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.