West Ham striker Javier Hernandez has changed his kit number, whufc.com has announced. The former number 17 will transfer and take the number 9 shirt at West Ham.

And just one day after failing to sign Maxi Gomez, Hernandez’s number change indicates that he could be in line for an improved role.

Javier Hernandez: Stay or go?

(Photo by Daniel Kopatsch – WHUFC/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Doubt has surrounded Hernandez’s future this summer. With just one year remaining on his contract, the 31-year-old has been linked with a summer exit.

Valencia reportedly wanted Chicharito in an £8m deal (The Sun), although, ironically, they will probably shelve this interest if they complete the Gomez signing.

Another report (by ESPN) claims clubs from England, Spain, Italy and the United States are keen on Hernandez. And it added that West Ham will demand between £8m and £12m for the Mexican striker.

However, after Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll left, West Ham might need Hernandez. And West Ham fans are predicting that Chicharito will play a bigger role next term.

Here are some tweets from West Ham fans who are reading into Hernandez’s change of number.

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