West Ham are exploring the possibility of signing Hector Herrera this summer, according to reliable insider EXWHUEmployee. Alongside FC Porto team-mate Yacine Brahimi, these are two free agents that West Ham could swoop for.
Herrera is likely to receive numerous offers this summer. But while West Ham have Javier Hernandez, they have a trump card up their sleeve. Chicharito could help convince his Mexico international team-mate to join the Hammers.
But Hernandez has been linked with an exit. According to various media outlets (including Football.London), the 30-year-old striker could leave this summer.
Hernandez only has one year remaining on his contract. And having dropped down the pecking order, this could spell the end of his time as a West Ham player.
Chicharito and Hector Herrera: Mexico team-mates
However, Chicharito’s departure could impact West Ham’s chances of signing Herrera. The pair are long-term team-mates in the Mexican national team and could reunite at West Ham.
With 108 caps and 51 goals, Hernandez is Mexico’s all-time leading scorer. Herrera has earned 70 Mexico caps (scoring five goals) and has been playing alongside Chicharito since 2012.
Hernandez and Herrera have played together at two World Cups. They have also lifted the CONCACAF Gold Cup together back in 2015. But if West Ham axe Hernandez, Herrera might be tempted by his other options.
Hector Herrera: Just what West Ham need
Of course, West Ham keeping Hernandez could have little impact on Herrera’s decision. ESPN believes Atletico Madrid will win the race for the 29-year-old.
But if West Ham could land Herrera, he would be the missing link in midfield. He is energetic and able to do the defensive and attacking duties that would make him the ideal box-to-box midfielder that West Ham lack.