Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

West Ham's reported £5million opening bid for midfielder rejected

West Ham's reported £5million opening bid for midfielder rejected

And now reports suggest the east London side are prepared to let Hernandez go in the January transfer window - but who are the favourites to sign him?

As things stand Hernandez doesn't look likely to improve any time soon as a West Ham player, with Moyes opting to move the rejuvenated Marko Arnautovic into a striking position alongside Carroll or Michail Antonio, meaning even less chance for him to build up any consistency.

The Hammers believed they had pulled off a major coup when they landed Mexico's all-time leading goalscorer from Bayer Leverkusen last summer for a fee of £16million.

Hernandez has scored just four goals in 21 games in all competitions for West Ham this season and is now enduring a miserable run of nine games without scoring.

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Now David Moyes, who replaced Slaven Bilic as manager in November, is willing to listen to offers for the 29-year-old.

If West Ham can't find a buying club willing to pay a suitable price for Hernandez and offer him a salary he'd accept, he faces the prospect of rotting on the bench in the coming months.

Moyes has seemingly already identified a new striker, withSky Sports reporting that Russian Federation captain Fyodor Smolov is keen on a move to West Ham and the deal could be done this month.

It has now been claimed West Ham have made a move for the 28-year-old, although Bournemouth have rejected their £5million bid.

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