Javier Hernandez could be on his way out of West Ham United just six months after moving back to the Premier League from Bayer Leverkusen, according to the Evening Standard.
American outfit Los Angeles FC are said to be interested in signing the 29-year-old, although it is believed that the fee for his services could prove problematic in getting a deal across the line.
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The Hammers would likely want to recoup the majority of the £16 million that they splashed out on the Mexico forward over the summer.
Los Angeles FC was formed in 2014 but this coming season will be their first in the MLS.
Given the city’s large Mexican population, there is a clear advantage to landing Hernandez, who is his country’s all-time leading goalscorer with 49 in his 99 appearances.
The diminutive striker first came to international attention when he signed for Manchester United in the summer of 2010, at the age of just 22.
During his four seasons at Old Trafford he developed a reputation as a reliable goal-getter, particularly from the bench, but struggled to consistently hold down a first-team place.
He was loaned to Real Madrid in 2014 and again achieved a reasonable strike rate despite being limited in his minutes on the pitch.
The following year he joined Leverkusen, where he spent two productive campaigns before moving to London in July.
If he were to leave the Irons over the coming weeks, it would be a sad end for a player of whom much was expected when his arrival was announced in the summer.
He has scored just four goals in claret and blue, but has perhaps suffered from a style of play that is not geared towards his strengths.
A slightly old fashioned striker in many ways, Hernandez is a classic poacher and does his best work inside the 18-yard box.
However, West Ham have largely opted for a counter-punching approach since David Moyes took over as manager, relying on organisation, work rate and quick transitions once possession is regained.
As a result, Hernandez has often been left out of the side and when he has played, he has been expected to chase and harry opponents in the final third whilst spending little time on the ball.
The Hammers face a trip to Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, before Tuesday’s FA Cup third-round replay against Shrewsbury Town.