West Ham United returned to pre-season training this week and much of the talk has been about Javier Hernandez.

Hernandez has been linked with a move to Spain and MLS after telling Naked Humans YouTube vlog he wants out.

So all eyes were on a series of pictures released by West Ham on their return for pre-season on Monday.

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Hernandez among missing faces at West Ham training

The likes of Fabian Balbuena, Arthur Masuaku, Pablo Fornals, Marko Arnautovic, Declan Rice and Lukasz Fabianski were all missing as they have been given extra time off following summer international action.

The omission of Hernandez from any of the pictures did not go unnoticed by West Ham fans, though.

The 31-year-old did not feature in any photographs.

That prompted fans to quiz reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee.

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Insider confirms Chicharito has been present

The Twitter and radio personality confirmed Hernandez was indeed present.

 

But it appears if there is a hidden agenda to keep him out of the picture this summer – quite literally – then the West Ham photographer dropped the ball.

Because the eagle-eyed among West Ham fans would have spotted Hernandez behind Robert Snodgrass and Winston Reid in one particular photograph which you can see below.

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Hernandez being kept out of the picture?

It appears this is the beginning of the end for Hernandez.

West Ham are desperate to get him off their books in order to revamp their striker options.

Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez have both departed.

Meanwhile, Marko Arnautovic is doing his best to rock the boat again after reportedly handing in a transfer request (Sky Sports).

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