Javier Hernandez Heading to West Ham
West Ham United have announced that they’ve agreed terms for the transfer of Mexican international, Javier Hernandez, from Bayer Leverkusen.
In a statement released on the club’s official website, The Hammers confirmed that Hernandez will make his way to London in the “coming days”, where he will finalise the personal terms of his transfer, and undergo a medical.
While West Ham did not disclose Hernandez’s transfer fee, sources close to the club’s management said that it’s in the region of £16 million.
Hernandez had a £13 million release clause in his contract with Leverkusen.
The 29-year-old striker signed with Leverkusen in 2015, after a spell at Real Madrid the season before.
However, Hernandez, who is affectionately known around the world as ‘Chicharito’ meaning ‘little pea’ in his native Mexican Spanish, is no stranger to the English Premier League.
He was a stalwart of the Manchester United team from 2010 to 2015, and managed to win two Premier League trophies in these five years. He made 156 appearances for the club, scoring 59 goals.
However, Chicharito was sold by former Man United manager, Louis van Gaal, two years ago; a decision current manager, Jose Mourinho, has publicly criticised.
In addition to having played in the English Premier League, Chicharito has also played in Spanish La Liga and, most recently, in the German Bundesliga.
He became Mexico’s all-time top scorer in May of this year, after scoring during a friendly against Croatia, bringing his career total to 47 goals.