EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Three MLS clubs have set their sights on signing West Ham striker Javier Hernandez for a cut-price fee, Football Insider understands.
The 31-year-old striker has entered the final year of his Hammers contract and is unlikely to get an extension offering anywhere close to his current £140,000-a-week salary.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club are braced for strong interest from the US in Mexico’s all-time top scorer as they eye a bargain January deal.
The MLS trio are plotting January bids of up to £4million for Hernandez, who joined West Ham in the summer of 2017 for £16million.
He is not a first choice at the London Stadium after previous main man Marko Arnautovic was replaced last month by the club-record signing of Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt.
But Hernandez demonstrated his knack of scoring crucial goals last weekend when he led the line in the absence of the injured Haller and scored the opener in the 1-1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Mexican banged in eight goals in 28 matches last season, but started just 14 league games as Arnautovic was the first choice spearhead in Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Hernandez’s overall West Ham goal tally is 17 from 63 appearances, but he was far more prolific at previous clubs Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester United, as well as in his native Mexico and for the national team.
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