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EPL: West Ham signs Javier Hernandez for £16m


BBC – West Ham have completed the £16m signing of striker Javier Hernandez from German club Bayer Leverkusen. The former Manchester United forward has signed a three-year contract.

In May, Hernandez – widely known by the nickname Chicharito, which means ‘little pea’ – became Mexico’s all-time leading scorer.

“The Premier League is the best league in the world and when the opportunity came, I was desperate to sign for this club,” he said.

Hernandez, 29, scored 59 goals in 156 appearances for United after arriving at Old Trafford in 2010, before joining Leverkusen for £7.3m in August 2015.

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He netted 39 times in 76 matches for the Bundesliga club.

“West Ham is a historic club and very ambitious,” he added.

“I’ve had three fantastic years playing in Spain and Germany, but England was really the first big chapter in my career and I am so happy to be back.”

The deal for Hernandez follows the club record signing of Marko Arnautovic, who signed a five-year deal for a fee of £20m, which could rise to £25m.

The forward, who has been capped 62 times by Austria, scored seven times in 35 games in all competitions for Stoke City last season.

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The Hammers signed Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart on a season-long loan deal on Tuesday last week. Former City defender Pablo Zabaleta also signed on a free transfer.


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