03 Jul, 10:05
West Ham are ready to step up their efforts to sign former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez by meeting the attacker’s £13m release clause, according to reports.
West Ham are desperate to bolster their attacking options ahead of the new season, with the club’s top scorer Michail Antonio only getting nine Premier League goals in the last campaign.
Co-chairman David Gold recently said in an interview with TalkSPORT that the Hammers were looking at strikers with Premier League experience, and according to the Mirror it seems one of those is Hernandez.
The Mexican, alias ‘Chicharito’ has impressed at this summer’s Confederations Cup and that form, along with his 11 Bundesliga goals last season, has convinced West Ham to make a move.
West Ham are ready to pay the £13m release clause the 29-year-old has in his Leverkusen contract, while Hernandez himself is keen on a return to English football.
Hernandez only has one year left on his current deal in Germany and Leverkusen would rather sell now than risk losing him as a free agent next summer, particularly with the club without European competition for the new season.
Javier Hernandez created 22 chances in the Bundesliga last season.