Javier Hernandez has told West Ham that he is looking to leave the club this summer if he remains as back up to the starting XI, according to Football Insider.
The reputable football outlet claim that the Mexican international is willing to leave the club after slipping down the pecking order under Manuel Pellegrini and that the club have given the green light for him to depart.
Football Insider report that Hernandez is not in the Chilean’s plans, with Pellegrini not expected to stand in the way of letting the 31-year-old leave the club as behind-the-scenes talks are scheduled over the player’s future.
Hernandez is one of the Hammers’ top earners, earning a weekly wage of £140,000 [Spotrac] and a reported move to the MLS is on the cards, with LA Galaxy holding a strong interest in the forward.
The 108 cap international disappointed at the London Stadium last season, scoring only eight goals in his 28 appearances for the club.
It is no surprise that Hernandez has fallen down the pecking order at the Hammers after a disappointing campaign. Pellegrini will be happy to see one of his worst performing forwards leave, especially with his huge weekly wage. Despite finishing as the club’s third top-scorer, his seven league goals were all Hernandez really has to show for his efforts this term. On the ball, the Mexican failed to produce much and only averaged 0.5 successful dribbles per game, a stat better by the defensive pair of Ryan Fredericks and Arthur Masuaku. The 31-year-old failed to offer much support to his teammates either, only making 0.2 key passes per game on average, compared to fellow striker Marko Arnautovic who averaged 1.3. [WhoScored] The truth of the matter is that Hernandez simply was outperformed by other strikers when they were given the chance and with rumours strengthening by the day that Pellegrini has made Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez his main target, the exit door seems the only possibility.