Sevilla sign Chicharito

Sevilla have completed the signing of Javier Hernandez, West Ham United have this morning confirmed.

The Mexican striker ends his two-year stay at the London Stadium by moving to Southern Spain for an undisclosed fee.

Hernandez, nicknamed Chicharito, scored 17 goals in 63 games in all competitions for the Hammers, including a goal his final match, a 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion a fortnight ago.

The 31-year-old has had a successful career in Europe, first moving to Manchester United before the 2010 World Cup from his first club back home, Guadalajara.

He scored double figures in each of his first three seasons under Sir Alex Ferguson but could never maintain a regular place in the starting lineup.  David Moyes sent him on a season long loan from Old Trafford to Real Madrid for the 2014-15 season before he moved to Bayer 04 Leverkusen on a permanent basis that summer.

After two years in Germany, scoring 28 goals in 54 Bundesliga appearances, West Ham brought him back to the Premier League in 2017. However, he failed to be a regular starter and goalscorer, scoring eight and seven goals in his two full seasons in East London.

Following the £45 million signing of Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt this summer, West Ham couldn’t guarantee Hernandez much first team football at all, so the Mexican international has opted to move to La Liga with Sevilla.

The Andalusian club will be competing in this season’s Europa League where they have been drawn in Group A with APOEL, Qarabag and F91 Dudelange from Luxembourg. Domestically, the started the 2019-20 La Liga campaign with back-to-back victories before being held 1-1 at home by Celta Vigo this past weekend.

Javier Hernandez could make his Sevilla debut on Sunday 15 September when they travel to Alaves after the international break.