West Ham fans urge club to make Manchester United's Javier Hernandez a striking addition

Javier Hernandez celebrates goal for Mexico

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is the man West Ham United fans want to see their club sign this summer, ahead of the likes of Charlie Austin.

The Hammers have been one of the busiest Premier League clubs in the summer transfer market, spending nearly £25 million so far.

Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have been true to their word by investing significant funds to strengthen new boss Slaven Bilic's squad.

At least one of those will be a striker and if recent reports are to be believed the main targets are Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin (Daily Mail), Manchester United's Javier Hernandez (Independent) and Roma strike partners Gervinho and Mattia Destro (Calciomercato).

But it is the pacy forward nicknamed Chicharito who has emerged as the player the West Ham faithful would most like to see lining up in the claret and blue next season.

That's according to a HITC.com poll, which asked supporters who they would most like to see Bilic go for this summer.

Of the four strikers listed, Hernandez was the favourite at the time of writing with 48% of the vote, while Austin was second with 39%.

There was very little confidence shown in former Arsenal striker Gervinho or his Roma teammate Mattia Destro, who got five per cent and eight per cent of the vote respectively.

What would Hernandez bring to West Ham?

So what would Chicharito bring to the east Londoners should he sign this summer?

Hernandez is coming off the back of a pretty mixed season on loan from the Red Devils at Real Madrid.

He bemoaned a lack of playing time in the Spanish capital but was memorably Los Blancos' goalscoring hero in their Champions League quarter-final against city rivals Atletico.

Speculation has been rife linking him with a move to join Bilic's revolution, as per the London Evening Standard.

Should the Hammers bring Chicharito to Upton Park, he would undoubtedly be expecting first-team football.

And the 27-year-old Mexican's record would demand it with an impressive goals to games ratio for his hometown club Guadalajara of 26 in 64 games and 37 for the Red Devils in 102 appearances, many of which were as a sub.

What is most impressive, though, is his record on the international stage, where he has scored a fantastic 40 goals in 74 matches for Mexico.

He is the sort of striker who could work well playing off either Diafra Sakho or Andy Carroll in West Ham's attack and offers all-important pace.

What do the fans think?

West Ham fan Billy 'Bonzo' Linnard voted for Hernandez because he thinks the Mexican has the pedigree at the top level.

He said: "If I was Bilic I'd have to go after Hernandez. Austin is a really good striker and ideally you'd have both, but if you had to choose Hernandez has that explosive pace and pedigree at the top level.

"No disrespect to Austin as I know he scored all their goals, but QPR were still relegated with him.

"I think Hernandez after being at Man United and Real Madrid, two of the biggest clubs in world football, he can handle pressure, has the quality that you get from being around top class players and from the sounds of it we wouldn't have to break the bank.

"I think if we can get Carroll fit and had a choice from Sakho, big Andy, Hernandez and Valencia - two small fast strikers and two big strong strikers - we really would be able to compete in the Premier League and Europe with some success.

"Remember we will also have Elliot Lee banging on the door so it would bode really well."

NickS said he would be happy with either Hernandez or Austin but thinks the latter would be the better long-term addition.

In response to Billy 'Bonzo' Linnard, he said: "I get what you're saying but for me Austin just shades it over Chicharito.

"I think Austin could be the new Dean Ashton for us (hopefully without the career ending injury) whereas Hernandez might come in do well and want to leave for a Spanish club or something in the near future.

"I'd be happy with either but can you imagine hearing this 'Ogbonna feeds it through to Payet who picks out a sublime pass for Sakho who finds Austin... GOOOOOOAAAAAAL'. Please let it happen."

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