Former Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez is reportedly open to a move back to the Premier League this summer with West Ham - but only if the east London side will stump up to pay him astronomical wages of around £140,000-a-week.
With the 29-year-old’s release clause at Bayer Leverkusen reportedly set at £13m, the Hammers have now turned to Hernandez to solve their lack of depth up front ahead of the new season.
However, his wage demands could offset what would otherwise seem to be a bargain deal as the Mirror report the Mexico international is demanding a wage which would make the forward the club’s highest earner - shattering Andy Carroll’s £100,000-a-week.
The Hammers are attempting to reach a compromise with the 29-year-old who has reportedly been subject to interest from Tottenham and LA Galaxy, with the latter are said to have tabled a very lucrative package to lure Hernandez stateside.
Imagine a front four of Antonio, Lanzini, Arnautovic and Hernandez.
Following the less than impressive performances from the two strikers the Hammers purchased only last summer - Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri - Slaven Bilic now looks to be back at square one in his search for a reliable attacking option.
With Andy Carroll struggling to find consistency in and amongst a series of injuries, Hernandez would be Bilic’s first choice and could prove to be the perfect man for the job as his expertise would be ideal for the Hammers' planned resurgence next season.
A good record in front of goal could see Bayer Leverkusen reluctant to let their star striker go, but at 29 years old this could be Hernandez’s final opportunity for a move back to the Premier League.
If the move falls through for Hernandez, the Hammers could turn to Burnley’s Andre Gray as an alternative, as the 26-year-old has not agreed a new deal with the club who could be prepared to sell for a fee in the region of £15m.