West Ham United fans will be keen to see new boss David Moyes flex the club’s financial muscles in the January transfer window, as the Hammers attempt to pull away from the relegation spots.
The East London bunch here in The Transfer Tavern are always keen to bend the ear off our landlord about their beloved Hammers, with the winter window the item on the agenda as our landlord pulled lunchtime pints behind the bar. As talks progressed however, news broke of a potential departure, with The Standard reporting that new MLS club Los Angeles FC are keen on making striker Javier Hernandez their marquee signing before they enter the league in March.
The same publication reports that Hernandez may be sold by the Hammers this month, but only if the club can recoup close to the £16 million fee they parted with in the summer to bring the player to East London from Bayer Leverkusen in Germany. The 29-year-old has scored just four times since his arrival, and failed to break down League One Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup last weekend, with the Mexican international now appearing to be surplus to requirements under Moyes.
Landlord’s Verdict: It is a real shame that this transfer has not worked out, with Hernandez a top player with both Manchester United and Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. Now out-of-favour under Moyes, it appears the player will move on this month should a club stump up around £15 million.
A switch to Los Angeles would surely appeal to the player, with the state of California having strong links to his native Mexico, and his homeland just a short flight away from the city. The MLS new boys are likely to stump up a good wage to ensure Hernandez makes the switch, and with the World Cup now just six months away, the time is now for the player to ensure he is on the plane to Russia in June with a switch to the USA.
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