Cape Town - West
Ham boss Slaven Bilic claims the club landed their priority target with
the acquisition of Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen.
The former Manchester United striker has returned to the Premier
League after spending the last two seasons in Germany, where he
flourished with Leverkusen.
His tally of 39 goals in 76 appearances across all competitions
persuaded the Hammers to bring 'Chicharito' to the English capital on a
three-year deal worth £16 million.
Bilic admits Hernandez is crucial to his future plans, having missed
out on the 29-year-old striker in 2015 when he left Old Trafford for the
"Chicharito is very important in this project," the Croatian said at a
press conference. "When I came to West Ham two years ago and he was
leaving United, I wanted him then.
"When he decided to go to Leverkusen, he told me 'sorry' and now
after two years, I found out he may leave I called him again. We didn't
have to start from zero.
"He is a fantastic player. Very experienced and has been everywhere
and has scored goals. He runs, he presses, everything. He was our
number-one target on our list of strikers."