West Ham are reportedly set to activate the £13m release clause of Bayer Leverkusen forward, Javier Hernandez, who looks increasingly likely to make his return to the Premier League after a three season absence.
The deal is said to be finalised in the next few days, which makes it likely that Hernandez will make his official return to English football by debuting for the Hammers against his former side, Manchester United on the opening weekend.
With Slaven Bilic eager to add a new striker to his squad, Sky Sports correspondent Dharmesh Sheth said on Sky Sports news, via the Express: "One move that is edging closer is the striker Javier Hernandez.
"It's our information a move from Bayer Leverkusen could be finalised in the next week.
Javier Hernandez move to West Ham from Bayer Leverkusen "could be done within next seven days"— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 18, 2017
"West Ham's opening game, yep, is at Hernandez's former club Manchester United."
After spending five-years at Old Trafford - making 103 league appearances for a return of 37 goals and securing two titles - the forward could be preparing for a reunion with his former club on August 13 when the new Premier League campaign kicks-off.
29-year-old Hernandez would add significant firepower to a seemingly depleted West Ham attack after netting 39 goals during two seasons with Leverkusen.
13 million for Hernandez is a steal, especially with the money that's being spent in this window, great signing for West Ham!— Liam Cassidy (@LiamCass_Mufc) July 18, 2017
Following a largely disappointing season for the Hammers last term, Hernandez is said to be one of a few experienced heads touted for a move to the London Stadium, with Joe Hart and Marko Arnautovic also firmly within reach.
Bilic will be hoping the overhaul of his squad will result in a much improved Premier League campaign than the one which saw the Hammers finish in eleventh place.