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Why West Ham Getting Javier Hernandez Could Be the Signing of the Summer

Why West Ham Getting Javier Hernandez Could Be the Signing of the Summer

Javier Hernandez could be on his way to sign for West Ham, according to multiple reports.

The Bayer Leverkusen striker is apparently close to completing a move to the Hammers, two years after leaving England to get first time football in Germany.

Hernandez is well known to English football fans from his time with Manchester United so that makes this an intriguing move in itself.

But there’s serious potential for Chicharity to be the signing of the summer – and here’s why:

He Scores Goals.. Simple

Chicharito has scored 136 goals in 346 appearances throughout his club career and has 48 in 96 for Mexico too – that’s a quite ridiculous return for any striker.

That’s What West Ham Need

Andy Carroll appears as West Ham’s number one striker, but is he really someone they depend on? It’s nearly impossible for the powerful striker to go through a season without picking up some sort of serious injury and the depth beyond him has been an issue. Slaven Bilic needs a striker he can rely on and Chicharito is not only a great goalscorer, but he’s one who consistently plays too.

He Was Outstanding at United

United fans probably still think it was a bad decision from Louis van Gaal to get rid of Hernandez. He scored 59 goals in 157 appearances for the Red Devils during his time there and was particularly potent in his early years under Sir Alex Ferguson. He won two Premier League titles at Old Trafford and was integral to those wins with some important goals in big games. That experience of English football makes him a very appealing signing.

He’s Still in His Peak

It’s hard to believe Hernandez is 29 as it doesn’t seem like that long ago he was signing for United. But, at that age, he’s still in the peak of his powers and West Ham should be able to get at least a few quality seasons out of him. Chicharito is a striker who can score goals now – and that’s what the fans want.

He’s Actually Got Better at Leverkusen

In his two seasons at Leverkusen, he’s scored 39 goals in 76 appearances – averaging around a goal every two games. He’s played European football regularly and is bound to be a better player two years on from sitting on the bench towards the end of his United career.

He Won’t Cost Much

Leverkusen reportedly got him for £7.3million from United and are set to make a profit on him, with a £14m price tag mentioned in his move to West Ham. For a striker who scores as much as he does, that’s surely still a steal for West Ham? Just look at how much Romelu Lukaku went to Old Trafford for.

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