Mexico international striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is looking to move on from West Ham this transfer window, despite manager David Moyes stating it is very unlikely.
Hernandez scored in West Ham’s 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday, but has been starved of regular minutes under Moyes and wants more playing time ahead of the World Cup this summer, according to his agent Eduardo Hernandez.
“There are a number of clubs interested in his services, he’s a player everyone knows and is incredibly professional,” Hernandez said on Monday on Agenda FOX Sports.
Hernandez acknowledged that a move will naturally depend on West Ham’s willingness to let the Guadalajara native leave, but said he will be in London on Thursday to discuss the possibility of the 29-year-old moving on from the Hammers, with a loan more likely than a permanent transfer.
“Our primary focus is a club in which [Chicharito] can play the most games possible,” the agent continued. “That’s the most important.
“Javier has asked personally for it. He’s commented, stated and demanded that we look for a club that really needs a player with his characteristics because what he wants is to play and play and play.”
Eduardo Hernandez admitted there has been interest from Turkish club Besiktas, but denied any deal or agreement was in place, stressing that any move will first need the green light from West Ham.
The agent said that West Ham’s current system under Moyes requires two strikers that are more creative, rather than finishers like the Mexican. In recent weeks, Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini have become the first choice partnership, with Hernandez only starting one Premier League game since Moyes took over on Nov. 7.
The statements from Hernandez’s agent came after Moyes had seemed to indicate that the London club was keen to keep hold of the former Manchester United and Real Madrid player.
“Will he definitely stay?” Moyes said after Saturday’s game. “I’d like to think so, yeah.
“It would need to take something … If you asked ‘Would Paul Pogba definitely stay with Man United?’, if Real Madrid came in with £500 million, then he probably wouldn’t, so money would always be the talker.
“At the moment, no one has made an offer, as far as I know anyway.”
Moyes also suggested that reports that he doesn’t like Hernandez’s style were wide of the mark and that he is keen to add to the West Ham squad, rather than sell.
“I keep saying this all the time to players, that sometimes they think they’re not in, then they’ll be in and it’s up to them to take their chances when they get them,” he said.
“Chicharito has played some games for us and he came on on Saturday and made a difference. Chicharito can do that. You can’t question the club’s he has played for, as you don’t play for Man United, Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen if you’re not a good player.”
The potential for Hernandez leaving the club appeared to diminish with reports on Monday that striker Andy Carroll could be out for three months with a foot injury and Argentine forward Manuel Lanzini may miss a month with a hamstring concern.
Tom Marshall covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @MexicoWorldCup.