West Ham United are fielding interest in striker Javier Hernandez over a move this month, according to Sky Sports.
They report that the Mexican hotshot is keen on a switch before the transfer window closes, in order to secure more gametime after a season that has seen him play second fiddle to Marko Arnautovic at the London Stadium.
But Arnautovic’s future is far from certain as he is edging ever closer to a switch to China, with Shanghai SIPG now reportedly ready to pay £45m to secure his services.
Valencia are ready to cut short Michy Batshuayi’s loan spell and reportedly want Hernandez to replace him, but Manuel Pellegrini cannot afford to lose both of his most senior strikers in the same window.
Arnautovic’s departure would be a blow for the Hammers must it would be a major boost to Hernandez’s hopes of increased gametime.
The January window is notoriously short on value – especially where strikers are concerned – and if Pellegrini decided to keep out of the market until the summer then much of West Ham’s goalscoring onus would fall onto Hernandez’s shoulders.
He can score goals in the top flight given a run of games and this new-look West Ham side should create plenty of chances for him.