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Report: West Ham have option to extend Javier Hernandez's contract

West Ham have an option to extend the contract of striker Javier Hernandez, Claret & Hugh has revealed. Amid reports that Hernandez could leave for a cut-price fee or for nothing next summer, this report has indicated that West Ham can keep him beyond this season.

Chicharito is in the final year of his three-year contract that he signed in 2017. Since moving from Bayer Leverkusen, the diminutive striker has scored 17 goals, including West Ham’s only goal this season.

The Mexico international is reportedly a £4m target for MLS clubs as his £140k-per-week contract nears its conclusion (Football Insider). West Ham have not made a decision on Hernandez’s future yet but reportedly have the option to extend his deal.

Javier Hernandez: Sell, keep or release next summer

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This would protect the Hammers from losing the 31-year-old on a free transfer next summer. But this decision is likely to hinge on his performances and his role this season. After being upgraded to the number 9 shirt, perhaps Hernandez will be a more regular player.

The problem with Chicharito is that he is a limited striker. There is no doubt that he is a clinical finisher and an expert poacher but he does not play the lone striker role well. West Ham’s style of play demands that a more physical player, like Sebastien Haller, starts as a centre-forward.

Will Hernandez settle for being an impact substitute and a second-string striker? And can West Ham justify spending £140k-per-week of wages on someone with a limited role?

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