West Ham willing to pay £12 million for Manchester United's Javier Hernandez – is he worth it?

The striker doesn’t appear to be in Louis van Gaal’s plans and an Old Trafford exit is now looking increasingly likely.

Recent reports, including those brought to you by HITC Sport earlier today, have reaffirmed West Ham United’s interest in out-of-favour Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

The Hammers are believed to be willing to meet the £12 million demanded by United for his sale, and it represents a fantastic price for a proven goalscorer in a market where they are in short supply.

‘Chicharito’ was deemed surplus to requirements following van Gaal’s arrival in Manchester and was sent to Real Madrid on a season long-loan. Below is a selection of statistics from his time with the Spanish giants:

  GoalsAssistsKey Passes (per 90 mins) Chances Created (per 90 mins)Shot AccuracySuccessful Take-onsMins Played
Javier Hernández 7 4 0.71 1.12 64% 33.33% 882

With a front three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, it's little surprise that the Mexican's first-team opportunities were limited. Despite that, the United striker fared well - managing seven goals and four assists in his 23 appearances, of which only seven were starts.

His stats neatly sum up the type of player he is, with his goal-scoring ability by far and away his main attribute, and an impressive shot accuracy of 64% helps to explain his threat in front of goal.

Other aspects of his game are less impressive, however, and he managed to make just 0.71 key passes and create 1.12 chances per 90 minutes, while failing to beat his opponent in a one-on-one duel 66.66% of the time.

Hernandez is by no means a complete striker, and there are in fact severe limitations to his game, but his signing would nonetheless be a major coup for a West Ham team short on options in attack.

Enner Valencia's long-term injury and Andy Carroll's delayed comeback will hinder the Irons in the early parts of the season and if a deal can be struck for £12 million for the Mexican fox in the box, West Ham must do all they can to get it over the line.

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