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West Ham United striker Javier Hernandez is being talked up for a move to La Liga with Valencia.

The Mexican star has struggled for game time ever since his £16 million move to West Ham in 2017.

Hernandez has scored 13 goals in 49 games for the Hammers, many of those appearances coming as substitute.

He had just started to force his way into Manuel Pellegrini’s starting line-up when injury ruled him out for a month.

Chicharito is expected to be back on the bench for the London derby against Arsenal on Saturday.

But whether he is still in East London by the end of the month remains to be seen.

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‘He would add a lot to us’

The striker has been linked with moves to Valencia, Real Betis and MLS (Marca).

Hernandez made no secret of the fact he would like to play in Spain (ESPN) when interviewed last summer.

And now Valencia star Gabriel Paulista – formerly of Arsenal – has talked up a move to the Mestalla (Marca).

 

“It is only talk, but we know he is a great player who would add a lot to us,” Paulista told Marca.

“We do not know if the transfer will happen but we know that if it does then it would add more quality to the squad and further competition.

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Report claims West Ham want the £16 million they paid

“We already have a very good squad with lots of quality, but this signing would help.”

The same report suggests West Ham want to recoup the £16 million they paid out for Hernandez to let him leave.

Another Spanish publication – Levante-EMV has also claimed that Los Che boss Marcelino Garcia Toral has given the green light for the deal and that Hernandez himself is keen on a move to the Valencia.

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Hammers strikers in demand?

Hernandez is not the only striker being linked with a move away from the club.

Marko Arnautovic reportedly wants to leave for a mega money move to China (Sky Sports).

Lucas Perez is being linked with Real Betis after flopping so far in East London.

And Andy Carroll’s future is as uncertain as his fitness with his contract up in the summer.

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