West Ham has completed the signing of Javier Hernandez (Chicharito) from Bayer Leverkusen in a deal worth £16million. The 29-year-old joins the Premier League club on a three-year deal in the wake of completing medical and agreeing personal terms.
According to reports, it is understood that the striker will become the highest-paid player in the club’s history and is set to be on wages totaling £140,000 a week.
The Mexican international scored 39 goals in two seasons with Leverkusen and turns out to be West Ham’s fourth signing of the transfer window, following the arrivals of Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart, and Marko Arnautovic
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“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,” said the forward.
“It was not a difficult decision. West Ham is a 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 am desperate for the season to start and to help the team achieve all their objectives.”
Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart, and Marko Arnautovic have also joined Slaven Bilic’s side in the close-season.
Hernandez moved to Leverkusen from Manchester United in 2015 following a loan spell with Real Madrid.
Chicharito’, as he is fondly called, gone through four seasons with Manchester United between 2010 and 2015, where he scored 59 goals in 156 appearances, before going on loan to Real Madrid in the 2014/15.
The two-time Premier League winner left Old Trafford in August 2015 for Germany, where he has been considerably more productive, netting 39 times in 76 matches for Leverkusen.
Hammers co-chairman David Sullivan hailed Hernandez’s prowess in front of goal, as he said: “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.”