West Ham United are struggling to shift Javier Hernandez from their wage bill, sources have told Football FanCast, and that is slowing down their summer transfer business.
The Mexico international joined the club in 2017, with the Hammers paying £16m to secure his signature from Bayer Leverkusen.
He signed a £140,000-per-week contract and that decision now appears to be coming back to bite the club.
Indeed, sources at the London Stadium have told FFC that the majority of the club’s summer dealings now depend on shipping out unwanted first-team stars, most notably Hernandez.
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His wages, however, simply do not match up with his performances. He has scored 16 goals in 61 games, costing the club around £1m a goal.
West Ham would also like to receive £10m for his signature.
Hernandez has confirmed himself that he has instructed his agent to find him a new club but, as yet, there have been no bids tabled for the former Manchester United striker.
It is a headache for the Hammers, who are attempting to sign Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo.
Mario Husillos remains in negotiations with the Spanish club, FFC understands, with Manuel Pellegrini having explicitly requested the signing of the Uruguay international.
However, West Ham are currently in a position where they need to raise funds both for transfers and for contract offers; freeing up around £7.2m in wages would be a major boost.
There is a possibility that the deal for Gomez could be done irregardless of Chicharito’s future but sources have said that the futures of the two players are likely intertwined.
The Mexico international, though, has been far from his best all season and it remains to be seen if any club will actually be willing to match both the Hammers’ demands and those of Hernandez.
If not, West Ham’s transfer business will remain on hold.