West Ham United have signed Javier Hernández from Bayer Leverkusen on a three-year deal, worth £16 million. West Ham will reportedly pay Hernández £140,000-a-week in wages, making him the clubs highest earner in our history to date.
The Mexican forward has enjoyed life in the Premier League before, where he won two Premier League titles at Manchester United in 2011 and 2013, scoring 37 goals for the Red Devils in 103 games.
It also gave the natural born finisher the 5th highest minutes-to-goal ratio in league history (min 20 goals), 1 every 130.2 minutes, a feat only surpassed by Aguero, Kane, Henry and Van Nilstelrooy respectively.
After being deemed surplus to requirements by then United boss, Louis Van Gaal, Hernandez moved to Real Madrid on-loan, making 33 appearances for Los Blancos, adapting to the “super-sub” role, scoring 9 times.
The 29-year-old had been plying his trade in Germany for the past two seasons with Leverkusen after a permanent switch to the BayArena, however when a decision surrounding his future had to be made, a chance to return to the Premier League felt like a no-brainer to Chicharito.
Speaking on his transfer and future with new club West Ham, Javier said;
“I am very happy to join West Ham United,” he said. “For me, the Premier League is the best league in the world and when the opportunity came, I was desperate to sign for this club.
“It was not a difficult decision. West Ham is an historic club, and very ambitious – this summer you can see with the players signed that they are looking to have a very good season.
“I’ve had three fantastic years playing in Spain and Germany, but England was really the first big chapter in my career and I am so happy to be back.
“I am desperate for the season to start and to help the team achieve all their objectives.”
David Sullivan was keen to acknowledge West Ham’s new signings this summer and what Javier can bring to West Ham;
“Following the arrivals of Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart and Marko Arnautovic, he is another top class professional who brings great experience and quality to the Club.
“He has a proven goalscoring record in the Premier League, La Liga and the Bundesliga, as well in the UEFA Champions League and at international level with Mexico.
“We now have some fantastic options in attacking positions and, like all West Ham fans, I am looking forward to seeing Javier score goals in a claret and blue shirt next season.”
Hernández will now travel to Germany to meet up with the squad for the second part of West Ham’s pre-season tour, where he’ll join his new teammates.
THANK YOU DAVID SULLIVAN YOU AND VAMOS CHICHARITO!