West Ham could try to cash in on Javier Hernandez in January, according to The Athletic journalist Roshane Thomas.
The reporter claimed via a live Q&A session on The Athletic’s website on Tuesday that with Hernandez’s contract due to expire at the end of the season, the Irons may see the next transfer window as their final chance to make some money from the Mexico international.
“Considering his contract expires at the end of the season, I reckon the club will sell him in January,” said Thomas.
Hernandez, 31, joined the Hammers from Bayer Leverkusen in 2017 but has since scored just 16 goals in 62 appearances across all competitions for the London club.
It would make sense for West Ham to sell Hernandez in January, but they might struggle because clubs will know that they could sign him on a free transfer once the season ends. West Ham will likely want to see the back of the Mexican due to his massive wages. According to statistics website Spotrac, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker earns a whopping £140,000-a-week on his deal at the London Stadium. Even selling him six months before his contract is due to end could save the club around £3.3million and that could go towards snapping up a younger replacement for him. If West Ham do sell Hernandez they should try to sign up a new striker in January. Sebastien Haller is no doubt the club’s first-pick up front while Albian Ajeti has also been brought in to provide support in that area. Manuel Pellegrini should want three, or even four, strikers to choose from so if Hernandez goes, someone will need to come in. However it just seems very unlikely that someone will want to buy him in January unless West Ham agree either a free transfer earlier than currently anticipated, just to get him off their wage bill and cut their losses.