The agent of West Ham United striker Javier Hernandez has revealed that his client is open to leaving the club during the January transfer window.
Since David Moyes’ appointment as manager in November, the 29-year-old has struggled for consistent game time and wants guaranteed minutes ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Eduardo Hernandez, the player’s representative, believes that there are a number of sides interested in the forward and has not ruled out a deal being done before the deadline passes at the end of the month.
“There are a number of clubs interested in his services, he’s a player everyone knows and is incredibly professional,” he told Fox Sports in Mexico.
“Our primary focus is a club in which [Hernandez] can play the most games possible.
“That’s the most important. Javier has asked personally for it.
“He’s commented, stated and demanded that we look for a club that really needs a player with his characteristics because what he wants is to play and play and play.”
Hernandez netted the equaliser in a 1-1 Premier League draw with Bournemouth at the weekend, taking his tally for the season to a disappointing five.
There was much fanfare when Mexico’s record goalscorer arrived at the Hammers from Bayer Leverkusen in July, but he struggled along with the rest of his team-mates under Slaven Bilic in the early stages of the campaign and does not seem to fit with the style that Moyes wants to play.
The Scot has implemented an effective 3-5-2 formation in recent weeks, requiring his front men to work hard and press the opposition into mistakes.
However, Hernandez is a poacher who is most effective when sniffing out opportunities in the penalty area and he has been pushed to the periphery, with Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini generally the preferred choice as Moyes’ two most advanced players.
Besiktas were linked with a move for the hitman by ESPN last week as they look to replace Cenk Tosun, who moved to Everton earlier in the window.
With injury problems rife amongst the strikers at the London Stadium, there could be a possibility over the coming weeks for the former Manchester United star to re-establish himself in the starting XI.
He will hope to get a chance to impress in this Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie against Wigan Athletic.