In Focus: West Ham must show ambition to get Javier Hernandez deal done

According to reports in The Mirror, West Ham United target and Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez is demanding £140,000-a-week to join the Irons – £40,000-a-week more than the club’s current top earner Andy Carroll – and it could put the £13m deal in doubt.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Irons manager Slaven Bilic is desperate to add two new strikers to his squad this summer with the continued injury issues for Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho, and ideally he is looking for players that also have Premier League experience to avoid signing more flops such as Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri.

Hernandez, who has a release clause of £13m in his contract, certainly fits into that criteria but the 29-year-old will only move if he receives £140,000-a-week, according to The Mirror.

The report adds that the Mexico international already has a lucrative deal on the table from LA Galaxy, so they may well have to meet his demands to bring the former Manchester United attacker back to England for a second spell.

How did Hernandez do last season?

Wherever he has played in his career the striker has delivered goals, and it was no different with the Bundesliga outfit last season.

The 29-year-old scored 13 goals and provided a further four assists in 36 appearances in all competitions, although he netted double that tally in his first campaign in Germany following his move from the Red Devils.

Would he be a good signing for West Ham?

As we mentioned previously, Hernandez almost guarantees goals and that is exactly what the Irons need with Michail Antonio finishing as their top goalscorer last term.

The 29-year-old has great movement and always seems to find himself in the right place at the right time, and his teammates give him good service he will more than often find the back of the net.

Is he really worth £140,000-a-week?

It’s difficult to say.

With transfer fees and wages seemingly going through the roof this summer he perhaps could be, but it might not please some of his teammates that he is earning so much more.

However, when you consider that a player of his calibre is available for just £13m, perhaps the Irons need to take that risk to get one of their top targets.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, while Hernandez’s demands are beyond what West Ham want to pay, they will at some point need to invest in the team if they want to progress and compete for Europe in the Premier League, and paying the 29-year-old what he wants would be a good starting point.

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