The Hammers have agreed a deal with Bayer Leverkusen, reportedly worth around £16million, for the transfer of the Mexico international.
The 29-year-old will now fly to London to finalise personal terms and undergo a medical.
Chicarito’s return to the Premier League is proving tough for Manchester United fans to swallow.
West Ham statement released on Thursday
‘West Ham United and Bayer Leverkusen have agreed terms for the transfer of Javier Hernandez to London Stadium.
‘The former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker will fly to London in the coming days to finalise personal terms and undergo a medical with the Hammers.
‘Hernandez, 29, affectionately known as ‘Chicharito’ across the globe, became Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer in May this year.’
During his time at Old Trafford he scored 59 goals in 156 appearances – many of those from the bench. In his five years at the club he lifted two Premier League titles.
He was a popular figure among supporters and his departure unwelcome – particularly when he went on to score 39 times in 76 matches for Leverkusen.
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Jose Mourinho even admitted he never would have sold Hernandez had he been in charge at the time of the striker’s exit from Old Trafford in 2015.
‘Manchester United sold players that I would never sell and bought players that I would never buy,’ he told the BBC earlier this year.
‘I would never have sold [Angel] Di Maria, Chicharito, Danny Welbeck – never, no chance.’
Fans of the Red Devils haven’t taken it well…
Javier Hernandez should still be a Manchester United player.
— Máckin (@Mackinho99) July 20, 2017
Just watched all of Javier Hernandez's goals for Manchester United.. Gulp..
— Jolen Heritage (@J0len) July 20, 2017
Javier Hernandez to west ham for £13mill.. bargain of the season. He'll score loads for them. hopefully not against us. Good luck little pea
— Logba (@ReasonsMUFC) July 20, 2017
But that’s not the worst of it for Manchester United fans. By a twist of fate Hernandez will almost certainly make his West Ham debut against the Red Devils.
The Hammers travel to Old Trafford on the first weekend of the new season and Hernandez is almost certain to be involved.
Manchester United fans are sure to give ‘Little Pea’ a warm reception – but they are already fearing the worst…
— Jack Williams (@JackSWilliams_) July 20, 2017
— Nicko Taylor (@NickoTaylor_) July 20, 2017
Hernandez will obviously score against us 😒
— D (@RashfordElite) July 20, 2017
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Before that West Ham have pre-season friendlies lined up. Their match with Werder Bremen in Germany a week on Friday will be eyed as a potential chance for Hernandez to have his first run-out in Claret and Blue.