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West Ham look to activate £13m buyout clause for Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez

Hammers in talks with Bayer Leverkusen over 29 year old Mexican striker

Portugal v Mexico: Play-Off for Third Place - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

As we reported earlier in the week, West Ham United are keen to add to their front line by importing Mexican forward, Javier Hernandez, otherwise known as Chicharito, from German side Bayern Leverkusen.

Americans should be very familiar with Chicharito as he’s been breaking United States fans’ hearts for years, becoming Mexico’s all time leading scorer.

West Ham United are in no shortage of transfer rumors this summer, with not much to show for it sadly. Hammer fans have been biting their nails while keeping tabs on Kelechi Iheanacho, Olivier Giroud, Anthony Modeste, Andre Gray, Michy Batshuayi, and even rumors of Theo Walcott. Needless to say, things have gotten a bit out of hand.

However, there is something different about this story. A tangible element that makes it more appealing, and more likely to transpire. Namely, the price. In a world of £20-30m forwards, there is value in a £13m striker who has proven he is able to handle bright lights and large venues. £13m not only guarantees a serviceable partner to Andy Carroll, but it also provides a much needed spark to a front line that looked desperate to find some creativity. It would also be a much cheaper alternative to Andre Gray, who admittedly, I am a fan of.

When the chances weren’t coming from Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio, the team suffered through long dry spells. Chicharito is a game changer - in the starting XI or off the bench. This one is a no brainer - let’s make it happen.

This would be quite the signing if David Sullivan could pull it off.