By Danny Wright
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has boldly claimed that Javier Hernandez is the best signing the club has ever made.
The 29-year-old was announced as the Irons’ latest recruit of the summer on Monday night after agreeing a three-year contract at the London Stadium.
He arrives in east London in a deal worth £16million from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen and has previously had spells with Real Madrid and Manchester United, where he won two Premier League titles.
The striker position has been an area that has caused the Hammers all sorts of problems in recent years, and Mexico international Hernandez’s record for both club and country suggests that he could end that rotten luck.
Sullivan, 68, has now put it out there that Hernandez is the best signing that West Ham have made in their entire history, despite risking the wrath of his other new recruits and fan favourites such as Paolo Di Canio.
“I think he is potentially the best player who has ever come to the club,” the Irons co-owner said to radio station TalkSport, as quoted on their website.
“In recent years, he is probably the best proven goalscorer we have signed since we have been at the club.
“He’s done it in the Premier League with Manchester United. We were lucky he only had a year left on his contract with his club and that allows you to negotiate a deal.
“We tried very hard to get him two years ago but unfortunately he chose the German club ahead of us.”
Hernandez joins Marko Arnautovic, Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta in signing up for Slaven Bilic’s squad this summer, and there’s no doubt that they will be looking to improve on last season’s underwhelming campaign in the next edition of the Premier League.
The Irons kick off their 2017/18 season against Manchester United at Old Trafford on 13 August, where Hernandez could make his official debut against his old team.
In other West Ham news, this Irons youngster has admitted that he is looking to emulate a Chelsea defender.