EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Real Valladolid are plotting a bid to make West Ham striker Javier Hernandez their marquee summer signing, Football Insider can reveal.
The La Liga club are closely monitoring the Mexico international, who turned 31 last month, as they weigh up a swoop before the end of the window.
A Spanish source has told Football Insider that Brazil World Cup winner and club president Ronaldo is a “huge fan” of Hernandez and wants the experienced forward to spearhead his team’s attack next term.
This comes after Football Insider revealed last month that the experienced forward is keen to quit the London Stadium this summer if he remains on the fringes of the starting XI.
West Ham have sold previous first choice front man Marko Arnautovic but he has been replaced by the club-record signing of Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt.
The difficulty for West Ham is finding a club willing to match or get close to Hernandez’s £140,000-a-week salary, with the club accepting they won’t recoup a significant amount of the £16million transfer fee they paid in 2017.
Hernandez admitted last month he fancied a return to Spain following his loan stint at Real Madrid five years ago.
Valladolid, coached by coached by Carlos Suarez Sureda, were the league lowest scorers last term with just 32 goals and are keen to beef up their forward line ahead of the new season with a proven scorer.
Hernandez banged in eight goals in 28 matches last season, but started just 14 league games as Arnautovic was the first choice spearhead in Pellegrini’s side.
His overall West Ham goal tally is 16 from 61 appearances, but he was far more prolific at previous clubs Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester United, as well as in his native Mexico.