Bayer Leverkusen forward Javier Hernandez is on the verge of returning to the Premier League, two years after leaving Manchester United.
According to BBC Sport, the Mexican international is close to completing a move to West Ham, in a move that could be wrapped up in a matter of days.
Although a fee is yet to be agreed between the two parties, earlier reports have suggested that it will be in the region of €16m once a deal has been struck.
Chicharito, who has scored 39 goals in 76 games since swapping Old Trafford for the BayArena, is eager to return to England. The 29-year-old is one of a number of Leverkusen players annoyed at the club’s failure to qualify for Europe next season and sees a Premier League return as a chance to settle some unfinished business.
Indeed, Man United manager Jose Mourinho has on several occasions expressed his disappointment that Hernandez was sold by previous boss Louis van Gaal before he had the chance to evaluate the player himself.
While the Hernandez deal is still a small bit away from completion, West Ham are set to break their transfer record in the next 48 hours to sign Stoke City forward Marko Arnautovic. The Hammers saw two earlier bids rejected – despite the Austrian international handing in a transfer request – but the third (believed to be worth around £24m) has been accepted and the transfer should be finalised by the weekend.
It comes hot on the heels of a loan move for Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart earlier in the week.
On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish Football Podcast we discussed the latest rounds of domestic and European fixtures, and were joined on the line by Galway United captain Colm Horgan.