By 90Min
July 19, 2017

​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.  

BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 20: Jordan Torunarigha (R) of Berlin battles for the ball with Chicharito of Leverkusen during the Bundesliga match between Hertha BSC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Olympiastadion on May 20, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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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. 

"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. 

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. 


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