By Danny Mills

6th Jul, 2019 | 5:00pm

Danny Mills urges West Ham to keep 'fabulous' player as backup as Irons willing to sell


Danny Mills has urged West Ham to keep a hold of the “fabulous” Javier Hernandez this summer with Manuel Pellegrini facing a shortage of strikers.

The former England star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that with all the speculation circling Marko Arnautovic it would be a mistake to let the Mexican talent leave even if they did sign a new player.

As revealed by Football Insider back in June, Hernandez has told the Irons that he wants to leave the London Stadium if he is to remain as backup and that the Irons are willing to sell.

Mills told Football Insider: “If you lose two strikers then you look a little bit light on numbers.

“Hernandez is a fabulous goalscorer, so I think unless they have plans to get a couple in, I would definitely keep hold of Hernandez, even if he is the backup striker.

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“There’s still a way to go in the window, I’m pretty sure Pellegrini has a wide network of scouts and contacts around the world so I’m pretty sure they will be working tirelessly to try and find adequate replacements.”

Hernandez managed to start just 14 Premier League games during the 2018/19 campaign with a total of 28 appearances and eight goals to his name.

He has 16 goals in 61 matches for the Irons and is contracted at the London Stadium until 2020.

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that the club set to submit a £14million player bid after Premier League rivals pull out of the race.