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West Ham United have confirmed that they have sold striker Javier Hernandez to Sevilla.
The Mexico international was deemed expendable at the start of the summer transfer window.
The developments surrounding Marko Arnautovic, however, who departed for China midway through the summer transfer period, seemed to confirm that the former Manchester United striker would stay at the club.
Now though, the Hammers have decided to cash in, with Hernandez moving to La Liga, where he previously played for Real Madrid.
ClaretandHugh reports that the fee is around €8m (£7.2m).
This is a major risk from the Irons.
They signed Sebastian Haller and Albian Ajeti in the summer but they are now left as the club’s only two out-and-out strikers.
Ajeti has yet to play for the club in the Premier League, though Haller has already scored three goals in the top-flight.
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West Ham now lack depth, having cashed in at a time when it is impossible to bring in a replacement.
This feels like it could backfire. An injury to Haller would leave the club relying on a 22 year-old who has just one appearance in a top-five European league.
Ajeti could turn out to be a promising young player or a complete flop, and the Irons are one issue for the Frenchman away from finding out the hard way.
If the former Basel man is anything like the long list of striker failures in east London, the decision to sell Hernandez may leave the club in crisis.