West Ham United have signed Mexican striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen, the Premier League club have announced.
A deal has been agreed for @CH14_https://t.co/6oTXPx6VTr— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) July 20, 2017
Chicharito, 29, leaves Bayer Leverkusen after spending two seasons with the Werkself, in which the Mexican scored 28 goals in 54 Bundesliga appearances.
All signs appeared to suggest that Chicharito was ready to move clubs this summer, after a disappointing campaign from Bayer Leverkusen led to the club to finishing 12th in the league, along with a mountain of rumors of a possible transfer to Major League Soccer.
Apparently Javier Hernandez "Chicharito" was asking for something in the $8-9m NET range to come to @MLS. Basically "No Thanks". #MLS— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) July 20, 2017
This, of course, will be Chicharito’s second stint in the Premier League. Previously, Hernandez had played for Manchester United from 2010 to 2015, earning two Premier League titles and two Community Shields with the Red Devils.
Hernandez becomes only the third Mexican to play for West Ham United. Pablo Barrera and former naturalized Mexican citizen striker Guillermo Franco both had brief stints with the Hammers, with the latter scoring five goals in his short time.
Last season, West Ham finished 11th in the table after a frustrating second season in charge for manager Slaven Bilic.