West Ham have been offered hope in their pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez after the Mexican’s new manager admitted no one player is bigger than the club.
Leverkusen are braced for the exit of Hernandez this summer, with West Ham keen on a transfer for a striker who fits the profile Slaven Bilic is seeking this summer.
And comments from newly-appointed Heiko Herrlich have given the Hammers more encouragement a transfer could be completed after he suggested they would not stand in the way of any one player if it was detrimental to the team.
Herrlich was asked about the future of both former Manchester United striker Hernandez and midfielder Kevin Kampl following the loss of Hakan Calhanoglu to AC Milan earlier this summer and his response will have encouraged Hammers fans.
“Hakan of course has huge quality, as do Kevin and Chicharito,” he told the official Bundesliga website.
“But ultimately it’s important that the players that you have available identify 100 per cent with the club. Things will soon be clear – then we’ll see more.
“I think a club like Bayer Leverkusen will never find themselves depending on just one player.
“Chicharito has given great performances in his two years here, but so have many others. You can only achieve success as a team.”