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Hernandez could complete West Ham transfer 'in the next few hours'

West Ham United’s search for a striker could finally be over as reports in Italy suggest Javier Hernandez could complete a move within a few hours.

The former Manchester United hitman has spent two successful seasons playing for Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen after being sold by former United boss Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchmans replacement, Jose Mourinho, spoke effusively about Hernandez last season, claiming he would have scored in excess of 20 goals for the Red Devil’s last season, while his side struggled to hit the back of the net.

This prompted speculation that he could return to Old Trafford as a back up striker to Romelu Lukaku this summer, but it seems as though West Ham may be the club to secure the Mexicans signature.

Alfredo Pedulla claims that Hernandez, affectionately known as ‘Chicharito’, is now ‘very close’ to transferring to the London Stadium where he would expect to be the first choice striker. He also claims that the signature and announcement could happen ‘in the next few hours’.

The 29-year-old scored 27 goals in 50 games for the German club, and 59 in 157 appearances for Man Utd.

The deal is thought to be worth around £13million.

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