By Matt Bullin
Tottenham and West Ham are set to battle it out in the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen ace Javier Hernandez, according to a report.
German media outlet BILD claims the 29-year-old striker is valued by Leverkusen at around £13million, and that Olympique Lyonnais are also interested in a summer swoop.
Hernandez’s contract enters its final year this summer, and the report states that Spurs, West Ham and Lyon are all showing “great interest” the player.
The 29-year-old is a certified goal machine on the international stage, and in his 94 appearances for Mexico he has bagged an incredible 48 goals.
He was in decent form in front of goal for Leverkusen last term, scoring 13 goals in 36 league and cup games.
The diminutive front man joined the Bundesliga club from Manchester United for £10.2million in the summer of 2015, and he has since made 76 appearances across all competitions, which have yielded 39 goals and nine assists.
Football Insider verdict
There is no doubt that Hernandez would improve both Spurs and West Ham’s squads. He could be used effectively as a first choice striker or as a super-sub, as he often was during his time at United. Tottenham could do with some forward reinforcements as Vincent Janssen flopped last term, and Harry Kane struggled with injuries somewhat. Meanwhile, the Hammers could definitely do with a proven goal scorer, as they found it difficult to find the net at times last season. West Ham’s best out-and-out striker is Andy Caroll, and he is somewhat injury-prone, so having someone like Hernandez around could only be positive for the club.
In other Tottenham transfer news, this Premier League club have opened talks with Kyle Walker.