Bayer Leverkusen’s Javier Hernandez has emerged as a transfer target for West Ham United, who are prepared to meet the striker’s £13 million release clause, according to the Mirror.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is looking to bolster his attacking options this summer and reportedly is targeting signing two strikers after a season in which Michail Antonio finished as top scorer with nine goals, despite missing matches through injury and featuring at in midfield.

Last campaign’s disappointing 12th-place finish in the Bundesliga means that Leverkusen will be without European football next term and may be forced into selling the Mexico international.

The 29-year-old, who scored 11 goals last season, has just one year remaining on his contract with the German outfit.

Hernandez has often been linked with a return to the Premier League, where he spent five years on Manchester United’s books between 2010 and 2015, before being shipped off to Leverkusen by Louis van Gaal.

Lethal in the box, deceptively good in the air and blessed with a good turn of pace, the Mexican could be just what West Ham need in their search for a prolific goal scorer.

At the end of May, West Ham moved quickly to hand Argentine right-back Pablo Zabaleta a two-year deal after joining from Manchester City on a free transfer.

However, Hammers fans will be hoping for more transfer activity from their club, after a season in which they finished in 11th place in the Premier League and spent the majority of the campaign in the bottom half of the table.

Both Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho were unreliable due to injuries and as such Bilic is surely craving a centre forward that can stay fit and consistently deliver.

Hernandez’s ability, experience and predatory nature could well be perfect for the Hammers if they can convince him to move to the London Stadium.


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