West Ham United have agreed a deal with Bayer Leverkusen to sign striker Javier Hernandez, for a reported fee of around £16 million. The Mexico international will now fly to London to finalise personal terms and have a medical before completing his transfer back to the Premier League.
The 29-year-old had a good spell with Manchester United, but he couldn’t shake his tag of being a ‘super-sub’, something that continued at Real Madrid during his time at the Bernabeu. It was a slightly downwards step to join Leverkusen, but he has proven in the Bundesliga that he can thrive in a starting role. He will now have the opportunity to prove that in the Premier League and it could be a signing that propels West Ham to the next level.
Slaven Bilic has been in the market for a high-quality striker since taking over as the Hammers’ manager. Andy Carroll is a good Premier League striker, but injuries mean that he can’t be relied on and it was important that the club brought in a player to compete with him. Hernandez represents a huge coup and they will be hoping that they now have a regular source of goals in the team.
The problem that this move may pose is a tactical one. West Ham have played a style that suits a powerful centre forward in the mould of Carroll. They will have to change their approach to suit the more mobile poacher that Chicharito is. If the Mexican is to succeed, he will need good service and the Hammers will be hoping that the incoming Marko Arnautovic can be the player to provide that.
This summer has seen West Ham target proven quantities and they will have plenty of experience in their team next season. Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart have already joined the club, while Arnautovic and Hernandez are expected to join them shortly. There are hundreds of international caps and several major trophies among the four of them. The Hammers will be hoping that these four players can take them to the next level.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the news that West Ham had agreed a deal to sign Hernandez…
DONE DEAL: West Ham confirm a deal is agreed with Bayer Leverkusen to sign Javier Hernandez.
He will undergo a medical in the coming days. pic.twitter.com/4jt8rVcGJv
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) July 20, 2017
West Ham signing Javier Hernández is superb business. Guarantees you goals in the Premier League. Will be good to see him back in England.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) July 20, 2017
Only four Premier League strikers have better minutes per goal ratio than Javier Hernandez – Aguero, Kane, Henry & Van Nistelrooy
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 20, 2017
And West Ham have already taken the lead at Stamford Bridge after completing the signing of Javier Hernandez
— Jamie (@JCollettCFC) July 20, 2017
There was one journalist that suggested the reports about the fee weren’t completely accurate…
Told the deal for Javier Hernandez to West Ham is close to £20million. No buy-out clause after all. More on @TeleFootball
— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) July 20, 2017
Hammers’ fans were delighted with the news…
Javier Hernandez is a fastastic signing. Goals goals goals #WHUFC
— Dan Nimmons (@OhhNimmoo) July 20, 2017
Javier Hernandez 2m less than Britt Assombalonga. Bargain #WHUFC
— Paul Newton (@PaulNewton1989) July 20, 2017
— Kris Prowse (@KrisProwse182) July 20, 2017
One supporter looked at the news with a pessimistic view…
— Chris Cohen (@ccohen9) July 20, 2017
However, the general view towards the deal can be summed up by the following tweet…
I give West Ham a lot of stick, especially their owners, but Javier Hernandez at £13m could be buy of the window, he's a goalscorer. #WHUFC
— Rob Adam Evans (@RobAdamEvans) July 20, 2017
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