West Ham United will reportedly accept an offer of £10million for striker Javier Hernandez in the summer with 12 months remaining on his contract – and Rafa Benitez has got to lure him to St. James’ Park.
Football London claim that the 30-year-old striker has refused to commit his future at the club. His current deal expires at the end of the 2019-20 season, and is said to be a whopping £140,000 a week.
Signed from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2017, Hammers fans believed they had finally answered their striker woes. But almost two seasons on, and Hernandez has only scored 16 goals in two seasons.
The 106-time Mexico international was the subject of an offer from Valencia in the January window, with Sky Sports reporting that West Ham had turned down a bid of £7million.
So, with the player likely to leave, should Newcastle look to lure the former Manchester United attacker to St. James’ Park. Salomon Rondon remains on loan but a permanent deal is yet to be agreed.
Even if the Toon do sign Rondon, Newcastle need another striker as back-up. Joselu is nowhere near the required standard, while Yoshinori Muto has been a hugely disappointing signing.
Hernandez has plenty of experience in the Premier League, scoring 52 goals in 156 league games. A ratio of one in every three games could take Newcastle from relegation candidates to mid-table, and even pushing for Europe.
The Chronicle claimed in January 2018 that Hernandez was a target for Newcastle, suggesting Benitez is a keen admirer. Now available for a bargain fee of £10milliom, the Mexican could be heading north this summer.