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…
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West Ham should consider Quique Sanchez Flores in summer
The Espanyol boss is set to leave the club in the summer.
Reports in Spain today are suggesting that former Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores would like to one day return to manage in the Premier League.
AS is reporting that Flores’ time at Espanyol is up and he will depart the La Liga side at the end of the season. The report continues to say Flores would love a return to England, where he managed Watford in the 2015-16 season.
So with Flores looking for a Premier League return, should West Ham take an interest?
The future of David Moyes at the London Stadium is far from secure. The Scottish manager was never a popular choice among the West Ham fans when brought in to replace Slaven Bilic. Whilst he has done well to guide West Ham away from relegation recent results have seen them slip again.
Rumours are rife that Moyes may not be in the West Ham job for the long haul and if he isn’t then Flores would be an excellent choice as the club’s new boss.
The Spaniard has a wealth of experience at clubs such as Atletico Madrid, Benfica and Valencia. During his time at Watford he earned a reputation for playing attractive football and getting the fans off their seat.
His style of play is exactly what West Ham fans would like to see at the club and he is certainly a big enough name to draw exciting new recruits to the London Stadium.
A calming influence, Flores could be the perfect man to steady the ship should West Ham decide to ditch Moyes and start afresh in the new season.
No doubt the 53-year-old will be in high demand come June, so West Ham would need to swoop quickly if this was the case.
But if Moyes is given the boot, there are few better options for the West Ham job than Quique Sanchez Flores.
Injury gives Moses Makasi a chance to show West Ham what he can do
Antoni Sarcevic is out until April for Plymouth Argyle, giving West Ham loanee Moses Makasi a chance to shine.
West Ham United talent Moses Makasi might be about to get a prolonged experience of regular first-team football. Not with the Hammers, but with his loan club Plymouth Argyle.
The 22-year-old joined the Pilgrims on transfer deadline day but has since had to settle for a place on the bench. Plymouth, who are pushing for promotion in League One, had a settled side which Makasi could not break into.
Yet last weekend Makasi did get his first start. He featured in the 1-1 draw with Fleetwood Town, and scored on his full Football League debut.
Plymouth confirmed this week that the man keeping him out of the first team, Antoni Sarcevic, has suffered a groin injury. With the playmaker absent until mid-April it seems Makasi is going to get his chance. Plymouth boss Derek Adams stated to the Plymouth Herald:
“He (Makasi) came here from West Ham under-23s for regular football.
“To start with we had been playing well Sarcevic, Ness in that midfield with Fox and it was difficult for him to get in.
“He got his opportunity at Fleetwood and took it.”
For Makasi, it is a chance he must take. At 22 his time at West Ham is running out. The midfielder is still to feature for the Hammers first-team despite impressing with the under-23s.
An all-action midfielder the closest he has come to a West Ham breakthrough was a place on the bench v Burnley on the final day of the 2016-17 season.
Makasi turns 23 in September and West Ham will no doubt have to consider letting him go in the summer if he cannot prove himself. Sarcevic’s injury gives Makasi a chance to string together some regular playing time at a team in good form.
If Makasi can help Plymouth into the League One play-off picture in the weeks to come he will certainly give West Ham food for thought.
If not, then West Ham may decide that Makasi will be better off finding himself a new team in the summer transfer window.
Valued at £25m, Aston Villa and West Ham could have got Benjamin Pavard in 2016
The Stuttgart defender is wanted by top Premier League sides.
This week has seen Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard linked with a move to the Premier League. The 21-year-old is reportedly a target for both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. Bild reported this week that the Bundesliga side will not be considering any offers below €30 million (£26.5million).
It is a fantastic rise up the ranks from the Frenchman. After coming through the youth set-up in France with Lille he headed to Germany in 2016. The youngster helped Stuttgart win promotion back to the Bundesliga where he has now been showcasing his best form. Such form saw Pavard even earn his first French international call-up.
For West Ham and Aston Villa, this progression signals a missed opportunity. Back in December 2015 it was reported by Goal that both West Ham and Aston Villa had made an approach to sign Pavard. The then 19-year-old right-back had caught the eye with Lille. Villa were battling relegation at the time and looked to strengthen their leaky defence. West Ham were looking to add fresh faces to their backline.
Neither side managed to get Pavard. In the end he joined Stuttgart for a fee reported to be in the region of €5 million (£4.5 million) by Le Monde.
Now that fee looks like an absolute bargain for a player who looks destined to be heading to the World Cup with France. Pavard would have been a shrewd addition by either Aston Villa or West Ham – but both sides missed out.
Now it looks as though a fee nearer to £30 million will have to be shelled out if one of the Premier League elite want to get their hands on the 21-year-old.
If only Aston Villa or West Ham had managed to get their man back in 2016.
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