EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Manuel Pellegrini has agreed to sell Javier Hernandez in a move that will buoy West Ham dressing room harmony, Football Insider understands.
The Hammers are in talks to offload the Mexico striker, 31, to Sevilla ahead of the main European window shutting tomorrow night.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the clubs are negotiating a fee of around £7-8million for Hernandez and a deal is expected to be sealed in the next 36 hours.
Pellegrini has given the green light for the Hammers to cash in on Hernandez two weeks after he scored their only goal in the 1-1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion.
The source explained that the former Manchester United man’s £140,000-a-week contract is a bone of contention among the West Ham players.
Dressing-room harmony has been affected by the London club making Hernandez comfortably the top earner when he has not been a first-choice starter.
The forward was not in the Hammers squad for yesterday’s 2-0 win over Norwich City even though Pellegrini admitted he was fully fit.
Mexico’s all-time top scorer has netted 17 goals in 63 West Ham appearances, eight of which came from 28 games last season.
The club-record signing of Sebastien Haller this summer means he was set to be the deputy spearhead for this campaign, a mantle that will now pass on to recent arrival Albian Ajeti.
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