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Javier Hernandez Arrives in London Ahead of West Ham Medical

The Hammers are closing in on the Mexico international

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Javier Hernandez’s transfer to West Ham United appears imminent as he has arrived in London for a medical with the club. A £16 million transfer has been agreed in principle with Bayer Leverkusen to bring the Mexico international to London Stadium.

Chicharito, 29 could be a West Ham player as early as Tuesday, subject to today’s medical. He could become the Hammers’ fourth signing along with, Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart and Marko Arnautovic. Not the youngest group of players, however they will add experience to the dressing room and hopefully inspire a strong push for the European places. A deep cup run is the least we should demand from the club next season.

As a vehement Bilic defender, I would be disappointed with another season of West Ham hovering around the lower mid-table and the relegation zone. The board has invested heavily in experienced Premier League players, which we haven’t seen for a while. It is now up to our coaching team to bond this group together and get some big wins on the pitch. The time for excuses is over.

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West Ham fans can look to the 2017/18 season with optimism as we look to compete with Everton and West Bromwich Albion.

Hernandez made his name in England with Manchester United, the striker scored 37 league goals in 103 appearances for the Red Devils – around a goal every three games. He has maintained this high scoring ratio in Germany, managing 28 goals in 54 league games for Leverkusen.

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This is a positive signing for West Ham, adding a quality striker has been on the agenda for many years. Chicharito can ease the scoring burden from Andy Carroll and reduce our reliance on the oft-injured target man.