Mexican striker, Javier Hernandez, is set to return to the Premier League and join West Ham United.
The club made the announcement earlier today on their Twitter account.
Reportedly, West Ham will pay a fee of about £16 million for the Mexican international. He will become West Ham’s third signing after acquiring Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart.
This will mark Hernandez’s second go around in English football after making his debut with Manchester United in 2010.
In 2014, after failing to impress new manager, David Moyes, Hernandez was loaned out to Spanish giants, Real Madrid. While he struggled to find consistent playing time, he managed to score 9 goals for Madrid in all competitions. Perhaps none more important than his goal against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
He joined Bundesliga side, Bayer Leverkusen, in 2015. He had an impressive first season with Bayer scoring 26 goals in all competitions. His subsequent season was not as stellar but he still proved to be a vital player for the German side.
There were rumors that Tottenham and Chelsea were also interested in Hernandez but in the end, West Ham won out. The chance of being a starter and consistent playing time was no doubt a contributing factor.
It will be interesting to see how Hernandez fares since he is a player who relies heavily on service from his teammates. While his link-up play has improved, he remains a striker who relies heavily on his pace and movement.
It will definitely be a memorable re-debut for Chicharito. West Ham’s first game in the Premier League will be against his old team, Manchester United.