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Hernandez’ rejection of European clubs shows faith in West Ham’s project

Hernandez’ rejection of European clubs shows faith in West Ham’s project

West Ham’s addition of former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has certainly caught the eye in recent weeks, as the Mexican striker is renowned for his ability in front of goal and should provide a huge boost to Slaven Bilic’s attack.

It’s considered to be a major coup for the Hammers as Hernandez could have easily been snapped-up by one of the Premier League’s bigger club, especially as the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton have all moved for strikers this window.

Things have worked out perfectly for West Ham though and a new revelation concerning their new striker shows the faith that the experienced forward has in the project in East London, as he’s revealed he turned down offers from Italy and Spain to return to the Premier League.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Hernandez revealed it was his desire to return to English football- but the fact he chose West Ham is a significant statement.

“It was a little bit simple really. I’m in the best league in the world and West Ham showed me a lot of confidence and trust. West Ham is showing more ambition compared to the last seasons. They want to qualify for Europe, you can see that in the transfer window. That’s why I’m here.”

“They’re one of the most historic teams in England, very ambitious this season and hopefully we can achieve our goals. There were other options – one in Spain and two in Italy. The last two transfers I made on the last day, this time it was more calm and easy. Thankfully I’m where I want to be.”

With two Premier League titles to his name from his time with Manchester United, the 29-year-old will have had plenty of suitors in the market and his decision to choose West Ham shows he has faith in the Hammers project despite their woes last season.

Securing a return to European football certainly won’t be easy though as the Hammers will have to contend with the Premier League’s established top-six, as well as the likes of Everton, Southampton and Stoke City.

With Hernandez in their side though, the Hammers have the attacking edge they lacked last season and a front-four consisting of the Mexican striker, new record-signing Marko Arnautovic, Argentine ace Manuel Lanzini and the Hammers’ top-scorer last term Michail Antonio will certainly be a frightening prospect for their Premier League rivals.