Clinton Morrison claimed that West Ham attacker Javier Hernandez might exit the club due to the potential arrivial of FC Basel attacker Albian Ajeti.
Sky Sports’ live transfer blog (10:58am) reported on Wednesday that the Hammers were close to signing striker Albian Ajeti for £8million with him likely to earn £50k-a-week at the London Stadium.
Morrison was asked about this reported transfer development and shared that he thought it might mean Hernandez could be exiting the Hammers.
“Says to me, Hernandez might be leaving,” said Morrison on talkSPORT (11;06am, Wednesday, August 7th).
West Ham saw three forwards leave the London Stadium this summer, Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll, and so far have only successfully welcomed one new striker in the form of Sebastien Haller. So it makes sense that the Hammers need Hernandez, Haller and Ajeti all on their books in order for Manuel Pellegrini to have enough forward options to choose from. Based on that, it’s hard to see why Morrison believes Ajeti arriving will see Hernandez leave. The Mexican international is still needed at the London Stadium regardless of whether a new forward arrives. If there is another striker following Ajeti, then the situation could change. Hernandez also surely feels like he has some unfinished business with the Hammers as he hasn’t lived up to his high-profile since joining. The 31-year-old has scored 52 goals in 156 Premier League appearances, averaging 0.33 goals per match, and it says so much that only 15 of those goals have come during his spell with the Hammers. (Source: Premier League)