Javier Hernandez could get new lease of life at Newcastle United

West Ham United forward Javier Hernandez should consider a move to Newcastle United if they come calling amid claims by the Press Association that a striker is on the top of Rafael Benitez’s wishlist.

What’s the word?

Hernandez had a frustrating first season at the Hammers as he was farmed out wide to accommodate for Marko Arnautovic.

The Mexico international, who has 106 caps for his country, is much more effective through the middle, and he may have an opportunity to win back that position under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

However, the club have recruited seven new signings already in the transfer window, and the arrival of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko could complicate things for Hernandez.

There is every chance that the former Manchester United attacker will be used up front with Arnautovic and Anderson either side of him.

Although, he could be push out of the side completely if Pellegrini opts to use Yarmolenko in a 4-3-3 position alongside Arnautovic and Anderson.

Why should Newcastle be an option?

As mentioned, the Press Association has claimed that a striker is the number-one priority for Benitez.

Dwight Gayle and Joselu failed to impress last season, so any new hitman that comes through the door at St James’ Park is likely to be the focal point of attack.

Hernandez will get his desired position if he joined the Magpies, but be may also be involved in a relegation battle.

There is a sense of uncertainty at the club due to the lack of transfer funds from club owner Mike Ashley, which in turn has poured doubt over Benitez’s future.

If game time is a major priority for Hernandez, then he should certainly be open to a move if Newcastle come calling, and it would be an opportunity for him to reignite his floundering Premier League career.