The Hammers were favourites to sign the free agent who left Malaga at the end of last season but QPR and Harry Redknapp have entered the race to sign him despite being relegated to the Championship last season.
The Argentinean has had a glorious career but is looking for a new challenge and England certainly offers him that.
Scottish champions Celtic are prepared to offer the former Benfica man Champions League football but the forward would find it hard to turn down a move to England.
“Javier is more than keen on linking up with Harry Redknapp, he knows his teams play good football and the chance of helping QPR to promotion is genuinely appealing to him,” a source close to the player confirmed to Sky Sports.
“Javier’s next move is not about the finances, he wants a footballing challenge and England gives him that.”
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