Chicharito sets sights on Spain return with West Ham exit looming

West Ham United striker Javier Hernandez wants to return to Spain this summer, per Marca.

What’s the word?

The Mexico international scored eight goals in 28 appearances in all competitions in 2018-19.

But Football FanCast understands that he has been placed up for sale this summer, with Manuel Pellegrini looking to conduct an overhaul of his forward options.

And Marca now claim that Chicharito, who spent the 2014-15 season on loan at Real Madrid, is now hoping to move back to La Liga.

Valencia, FFC understands, were interested in securing Hernandez’s signature in January but were unable to reach an agreement with the Hammers or the player.

Marca report that his wages, which total €4million-per-year, are a major stumbling block to any move, with most La Liga clubs unable to pay such a sum.

Another forcing a move

Hernandez will find first-team options even harder to come by next season.

The Irons are hopeful of signing a striker this summer, with Aleksandar Mitrovic at Fulham a major target. Salomon Rondon, the West Brom striker with a £16.5m release clause, has also been linked.

It is perhaps little surprise, then, that he is following in the footsteps of Marko Arnautovic by actively seeking a move; the Austria international tried to seal a move to China in January but ended up signing a new contract.

But he will have to ensure that he lowers his expectations for a move to come off.

Hernandez could not agree a move to Valencia in January despite discussing terms.

He needs to ensure that he adds a little humility to his demands for the transfer to happen.