West Ham United have handed a new shirt number to Javier Hernandez.
West Ham United are in the market for a new striker, but they may have hinted that one of their current attackers is actually staying at the London Stadium.
The Hammers have released Andy Carroll at the end of his contract, whilst Lucas Perez and Marko Arnautovic have both been sold in recent weeks.
With Jordan Hugill likely to go, Javier Hernandez is the only current striker fans have really thought could be at the club next season – but even he’s been linked away.
The Mexican international, 31, is out of contract in a year, and many had expected that West Ham would cash in this summer while they still can.
West Ham’s pursuit of Maxi Gomez appears to be over, meaning that Manuel Pellegrini would be down to the bare bones if Hernandez left as well.
Intriguingly, West Ham today confirmed that Hernandez has switched his shirt number, from number 17 to number nine – often the number of a leading striker.
West Ham fans have subsequently taken to Twitter to believe that this is a major hint that Hernandez is actually staying, and there will be no outgoing transfer or replacement for him after all.
Some feel that there would be no point changing his number at all if he was leaving the club, and many are actually happy with that idea, feeling that Hernandez could score plenty of goals next season.
So he isn’t leaving, good, we need him— ankkah (@real_bonerpizza) July 10, 2019
Chicha’s definitely staying then!— Ricky Forrest (@rickwhufc) July 10, 2019
Given the right run of games he will score 15-20 goals a season for us!
I’m pleased Chicha will be staying. Proven goalscorer, good mentality. And most of all we NEED him!— Admiral Ackbar (@matthewcoster) July 10, 2019
So that means he staying at the club??— Nestor Garza C (@Ngarce14) July 10, 2019
@sam_eking thats him staying then— daniel (@cadderzzzz) July 10, 2019
He’s staying, new shirt number, going to become prime Chica 2010/11— Marshall (@MrshllClrke) July 10, 2019
Clearly now staying as we have no one else— Stuart Dillon (@StuartDillon1) July 10, 2019
I take it he’s staying now then!— Matt Robson (@MattR0850N) July 10, 2019
Well he’s clearly staying then otherwise why change his number— Harrison Tuckwell (@HarrisonTuckwe1) July 10, 2019