Having been laughably linked to names such as Zlatan Ibrahmovic only to sign Jonathan Calleri, West Ham United’ chase for a quality striker has been well-documented. The likes of Simone Zaza have arrived at the club, only to move on just as quickly. The search for a forward was reaching comical proportions and nearly seen the club enter a relegation dogfight as their unbalanced squad struggled.
The arrival of Javier Hernandez, though, finally gives the Hammers a forward worth the name. A quality impact forward at Manchester United, a move to Germany with Bayer Leverkusen seen Hernandez continue his success on the field. At just £13m, they are getting a quality striker for very little money.
Personal terms should be agreed quickly, and at 29 the Mexican international arrives with plenty of goal scoring potential and a good knowledge of the English league. Fast, intelligent and clinical in front of goal, if he can re-live his Leverkusen performances then this is due to be a very good signing for West Ham.
With 28 goals in the Bundesliga in 2 seasons, he arrives as a forward with impressive pedigree. If he can turn up and continue his propensity for hitting double figures with league goals, then he can be the ideal forward for West Ham who are in need of something extra up front.
Alongside Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta, West Ham are finally moving forward.