West Ham striker Javier Hernandez is set for a move to Spain this summer with an exit from the Irons on the cards, according to Record.
The Mexican publication claim on their website that after the Hammers hitman confirmed in an interview that both he and the club had decided him moving on would be best for both parties, the 31-year-old is to return back to the country where he spent a year on loan with Real Madrid.
Hernandez has played 61 times for the east London outfit and scored 16 goals across all competitions, eight of those coming during the 2018/19 campaign, with his return to Spain set to be with a team outside La Liga’s top sides.
Spain seems like the ideal place for Hernandez to move this summer and not just because of the cultural similarities it shares with his homeland. His style of play looked well suited to La Liga during his time at Real Madrid and so a move to a side battling in the top six to eight of the division could see him make a meaningful impact – unlike what he has contributed at West Ham of late. He never really looked like the fearsome striker he was while at Manchester United and so the Hammers are right to let him head out the exit door. His transfer fee and wages can go on securing a new recruit or two to help bolster the side and make sure that Manuel Pellegrini has enough options at his disposal for next season. With the likes of Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez having already left, Hernandez’s exit would leave the Irons thin on the ground in terms of attacking quality – but it seems to be a gamble they are willing to take.