Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez could be on his way to the Premier League for a second stint, as Tottenham and West Ham have shown interest in him.
The Mexican, who got eliminated from Confederation Cup last night, is sought by two different English clubs. The player is reportedly unhappy at Leverkusen, and would fancy a move back to Premier League, where he spent 5 years with Manchester United.
During his time as a Red Devil, Hernandez scored 59 goals in 157 appearances in a rotation role, where he was mostly seen as a backup.
Although the striker has a contract till 2018 with the German club, he will look to get a transfer away this summer. The 29-year-old has a modest £13.2 million release clause for interested clubs to activate, reports Bild.
Tottenham and West Ham are looking at Chicharito to strengthen their attacks, as both clubs feel a lack of firepower upfront. Spurs see the Mexican as a back-up to Harry Kane, whom they rely heavily on for goals. Even West Ham feel the need to have a player with pace and movement, opposite to Andy Carroll’s more static characteristics.
Other than the English clubs, Chicharito has also attracted interest from the USA, with LA Galaxy monitoring his position.
Since joining Leverkusen in 2015, Hernandez has scored 39 goals for the Bundesliga club in a total of 76 appearances.
Written by Shorya Panwar
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