Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldo wants West Ham attacker Javier Hernandez to join Real Valladolid in order to spearhead the team’s attack next season, according to Football Insider.
The reliable football outlet claim that the La Liga club are closely monitoring the Hammers forward as a result, with them weighing up a swoop before the transfer window closes.
Football Insider report Ronaldo, who is Real Valladolid president, is a huge fan of Hernandez and Real Valladolid believe he could be their marquee summer signing.
Ronaldo can want Hernandez all he wants, but the Hammers can’t afford to let the Mexico international go. West Ham have already waved goodbye to Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll this summer, and while they had signed attacker Sebastien Haller; they can’t just rely on one player to get the goals. Hernandez may not have been the prolific force the Hammers thought he would be when they signed him from Bayer Leverkusen in 2017 as he has only managed 16 goals in 61 outings for them, but he is better than not having a back-up forward to call upon. The 31-year-old averaged 1.7 shots per game across his 25 league outings last season, and racked up seven goals as a result (Source: WhoScored). So when you consider that 11 of his outings were made as a result of him coming of the bench, perhaps he’d be more prolific for the Hammers if Manuel Pellegrini throws more starts his way in the 2019/20 season.