Javier Hernandez looks to be edging closer and closer to the exit door at Bayer Leverkusen this summer as the days go by – and it’s shocking that there aren’t more clubs interested in taking him.
As it stands, it’s West Ham and Spurs that seem to be the front-runners from the Premier League at least. Not forgetting Everton, who are apparently interested in anyone who can wear football boots at this point according to some reports.
But that seems to be it, there’s not much other interest knocking about – which is absolutely baffling when you look deeper in to it.
It’s not often that a proven Premier League player at the quality of Javier Hernandez comes on the market, let alone with a release clause of £13million over them.
That is an absolute bargain whatever way you decide to look at it.
Because, of course, a lot of the transfers that have already gone through this summer have been called “bargains in the current market”.
Well, even if the current transfer market was more akin to a few years ago (where fees of £50m were just pipe dreams for all but three clubs), then £13 million for Javier Hernandez would still be an absolute steal.
West Ham need goals, there’s no hiding that. And if there’s one thing that Javier Hernandez will get you, it is goals.
Just look at his record over the last two seasons for Bayer Leverkusen – 28 goals in 54 league games is a very good return for a player priced that low.
And, with five years of Premier League experience already under his belt, the 29-year-old represents an investment that the Hammers surely can’t afford to miss out on.
The most recent reports surrounding the Mexcio international have claimed that his wage demands may be considered to much by the West Ham heirarchy.
Now, this is when we start talking about “in today’s market”.
With the Premier League as it stands, the days of keeping a low wage structure and still competing at the top end of the table are essentially gone – barring one or two exceptions possible in the future.
West Ham’s current highest wage-earner is reportedly Andy Carroll on £100,000-a-week – and it’s probably best not to think about how many minutes he’s actually played whilst on that wage.
So, if the Hammers are willing to pay a striker who spends as much time in the physio room as he does on the pitch that amount of money – why does £140,000-a-week for Javier Hernandez strike people as too much?
Honestly, it shouldn’t. The market is in the process of being inflated massively by the increased revenues of all Premier League clubs.
It’s no surprise that Hernandez would be asking for that much from West Ham – that’s the amount he is worth today.
The sooner the Hammers accept the inflated market that they are living in, the quicker they will be able to get some quality players over the line and at the London Stadium.
And the likes of Hernandez especially prove that there are still bargains to be had out there. Don’t let him slip through your fingers.