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Valencia eye January move for West Ham's Javier Hernandez - report
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Valencia eye January move for West Ham's Javier Hernandez - report

West Ham striker Javier Hernandez is a target for Valencia, according to Spanish media outlet Marca.

Valencia have already been in contact with Hernandez over a potential January loan swoop.

However, the La Liga side would still have to agree terms with West Ham over this move.

Javier Hernandez at West Ham

Javier Hernandez has scored five goals for West Ham this season. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Hernandez joined West Ham from Bayer Leverkusen in summer 2017 but had a frustrating first season at the club.

Often isolated as a lone striker under Slaven Bilic and David Moyes, the diminutive striker struggled to hit his best form.

In 28 games (of which 16 were starts), Hernandez scored eight goals in the Premier League.

But the Mexico international has shown in recent weeks that he can be a top performer for West Ham.

This season, Chicharito has bagged five goals in 16 games in all competitions, with seven of those outings coming from the bench.

December was an impressive month for the 30-year-old, who netted three goals and added an assist before picking up an injury against Watford.

Sell, loan or keep?

Javier Hernandez’s recent form may have earned him a reprieve. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Just over a month ago, West Ham fans may have expected to see Chicharito leave the club.

But his recent form may have changed Manuel Pellegrini’s mind as the striker has shown how important he can be.

With a natural knack of scoring goals when presented with opportunities, Hernandez is the perfect man to feature in a front two.

Valencia’s move is contingent on Michy Batshuayi leaving, although ironically The Daily Mail has linked West Ham with the on-loan Chelsea forward.

If it is a straight choice between keeping Chicharito or gambling on Batshuayi, then West Ham need to keep faith with their goal scoring Mexican.