Mexican striker Javier Hernandez has joined Premier League club West Ham from Bayer Leverkusen for a transfer fee of £16m.
Hernandez had scored 59 goals in 156 appearances for United after arriving at Old Trafford in 2010, before spending a brief loan spell with Real Madrid and subsequently joining Leverkusen for £7.3m in August 2015, this time scoring 39 times in 76 matches for the Bundesliga club.
“I am very happy to join West Ham United,” he told West Ham’s official website after signing a three-year contract with the hammers. “For me the Premier League is the best league in the world and when the opportunity came, I was desperate to sign for this club.”
“It was not a difficult decision. West Ham is an historic club and very ambitious. This summer you can see with the players signed that they are looking to have a very good season.”
“I’ve had three fantastic years playing in Spain and Germany but England was really the first big chapter in my career and I am so happy to be back. I am desperate for the season to start and to help the team achieve all their objectives.”
Hernandez, 29, who was also widely known by the nickname Chicharito — or ‘little pea’ — became Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer in May, and will meet his new team-mates at a pre-season training camp in Germany in the next few days.
He will also be West Ham’s fourth major signing in this summer transfer window after Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart and Marko Arnautovic.
The signing of Arnautovic in particular had been a club record, after the Austrian international forward penned a five-year deal for a fee of £20m, which could rise to £25m.