Date: 16th January 2019 at 12:01pm
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West Ham have put a £12 million price tag on Javier Hernandez in the face of interest from Valencia, according to respected outlet Claret & Hugh.

As reported by Sky Sports yesterday, the Mexican is understood to have agreed personal terms with the La Liga side ahead of a potential move to Spain this month.

It is believed that Valencia favour a loan deal for the 30-year-old, but West Ham are reluctant to sanction a temporary deal, and would prefer no players to leave, unless on a permanent basis, this transfer window.

Subsequently, West Ham have put a £12 million price tag on Chicharito to test Valencia’s resolve – he cost them £16million in 2017.

Good move for West Ham?

On the face of it, losing Hernandez would be a massive blow to West Ham, but all things considered, it may not be the worst thing in the world. The Mexican is clearly intent on leaving the London Stadium, and at the moment, Manuel Pellegrini should be building a side in his image that are desperate to play for the shirt and commit to his vision for the club. Hernandez is also a very high earner, and getting him off the wage bill would free up a lot of funds for the Chilean to invest in other players. It all depends on who the Irons can bring in to replace him, but it might be time to let the 30-year-old go.

This is Futbol rating: 7/10

Likely to happen?

If £12 million is in fact West Ham’s asking price then Valencia could surely match that without too much hassle, and if they do meet that valuation then the player appears eager for the deal to go through. It could still come down to whether or not Manuel Pellegrini feels he has enough quality in his squad to cope with the loss of Hernandez, but this feels like it might happen, if not now then at the end of the season.

This is Futbol rating: 8/10