With the January transfer window set to close shut on Tuesday night, West Ham United are likely to be among a host of clubs frantically trying to complete any last-minute deals.

Dimitri Payet’s acrimonious departure to Olympique de Marseille has deprived manager Slaven Bilic of arguably his most dangerous player but the £25 million transfer fee will go some way towards signing a suitable replacement for the Frenchman.

With the on-loan forward Jonathan Calleri likely to follow fellow flop Simone Zaza out of the exit door, Bilic should use the funds to add a proven goalscorer to his ranks, given that his side has found the back of the net just 29 times in the Premier League this season.

Despite talk of the Hammers going back in for Brentford striker Scott Hogan, what they need is a forward who will guarantee goals and Bayer Leverkusen’s Javier Hernandez fits the bill perfectly.

Chicharito, as he is known, is a lethal finisher inside the box and his five-year spell at Manchester United means that he will not need time to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League.

Despite largely featuring off the bench for the Red Devils, many of his 37 goals in England’s top-flight were crucial in helping United to winning two league titles.

For a player of his size, Hernandez is an excellent header of the ball and will no doubt benefit from the service provided from the flanks by the likes of Michail Antonio and new signing Robert Snodgrass.

Despite Andy Carroll’s recent purple patch in front of goal, the former Liverpool man is injury-prone and could do with having the goalscoring burden taken off his shoulders.

Hernandez’s pace allows him to get in behind opposition defences and could strike up an understanding with playmaker Manuel Lanzini, adding another dimension to West Ham’s attacking play.

Earlier this month, German newspaper Bild reported that Leverkusen were prepared to sell the Mexico international for around £21 million, but with his contract with the Bundesliga side set to expire in 2018, Hernandez could potentially be available for less.

The 28-year-old, who has also featured for Spanish giants Real Madrid, could potentially be an inspirational signing for the Hammers and would no doubt provide the goals they need as they look to climb up the table.


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