Super Lig champions Galatasaray have held talks over signing West Ham striker Javier Hernandez this summer, according to Sabah Spor.
The online outlet revealed that the Turkish club’s vice-president admitted he has held meetings with the representatives of the Mexican forward.
Hernandez was reportedly wanted by Galatasaray before he joined the Hammers in 2017 from Bayer Leverkusen. Manuel Pellegrini is expected to sell many fringe players this summer, with the Evening Standard reporting that Chicharito is on that list.
The 31-year-old has failed to make a lasting impression at the London Stadium during his stay, only making 25 Premier League appearances this season, 37% of those in the starting line-up.
In that time, the forward only managed to score seven goals and add three assists.
It is no surprise to see that Javier Hernandez’ representatives are making moves to try to secure a transfer away from London this summer. Pellegrini seems to have been given a budget that would require players to be sold in order for him to gain more funds. Hernandez fits the bill perfectly as a fringe player that wouldn’t be entirely missed by the Hammers. At 31-years-old, the Mexican international has been poor in the past season and has not given the Chilean any reason to keep him. With rumours linking the club with Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez, playing time looks more likely to be even more limited next campaign. Hernandez only averaged 0.2 key passes per game [WhoScored] in the Premier League, and with playmakers such as Pablo Fornals arriving at the club, the need for small intricate passing will be higher as Pellegrini looks to adopt a faster playing style at the club. Alongside this, the veteran forward only averages a single dribble completed every two games, which is nowhere near good enough for a side looking to compete for European football. A move, in this case, would definitely be the best for all parties, especially with Hernandez’ wages hitting £140,000 per-week [Spotrac] – something West Ham could certainly do without.