West Ham United are on the verge of agreeing a £145,000-a-week deal with Mexican striker Javier Hernandez as the Hammers prepare to beat Premier League rivals Chelsea to his signature, according to a report on the Express.

The Hammers have been eager to add a big name striker to their front line in this summer’s transfer window as Slaven Bilic knows that his side struggled in front of goal last season.

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Last week it looked like a move for Hernandez would break down due to his wage demands but the London club are set to offer the Mexican what he desires to lure him to the London Stadium.

The Bayer Leverkusen striker has a £13m buyout clause in his current contract with the German Bundesliga club and is interested in a return to the Premier League.

The ex-Manchester United forward has a killer finishing instinct inside the box which is what Bilic is looking for in the transfer market. Hernandez managed to get his name on the scoresheet 11 times in the Bundesliga last season and also registered three assists.

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The Hammers have spoken to Hernandez’ representatives and a deal is close to being agreed between both parties.

The promise of a starting spot seems to have convinced Hernandez to join West Ham after Chelsea had shown interest but couldn’t guarantee him a starting position.

The 29-year-old striker is set to become West Ham’s highest paid player.

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