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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Former Real Madrid and Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez glad to be back in Premier League

Mexico's all-time leading scorer signs three-year deal to become the West Ham United's fourth arrival of summer.

Javier Hernandez returns to the Premier League after having played for Manchester United during his first stint in England. Sergei Grits / AP Photo
Javier Hernandez returns to the Premier League after having played for Manchester United during his first stint in England. Sergei Grits / AP Photo

New West Ham United striker Javier Hernandez is delighted to be back in the Premier League after completing a £16 million (Dh76.5m) move from Bayer Leverkusen.

Hernandez, 29, Mexico's all-time leading scorer, has signed a three-year deal to become the Hammers' fourth new arrival of the summer.

Hernandez has previous experience of playing in the English top-flight, having netted 59 goals for Manchester United during a five-year spell at Old Trafford.

And Hernandez, also a former Real Madrid loanee, conceded the chance to return to England was too good to turn down.

See what Hernandez had to say:

"I am very happy to join West Ham United," he told the club's official website. "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."

Known as "Chicharito", Hernandez follows Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart and Marko Arnautovic to the Olympic Stadium during this transfer window.

He will bolster a strike force that was depleted towards the end of last season, with injuries to Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho leaving boss Slaven Bilic with just on-loan Jonathan Calleri to choose from in attack.

"We are delighted to welcome Javier as the latest fantastic addition to the West Ham United squad," Hammers joint-chairman David Sullivan said. "Following the arrivals of Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart and Marko Arnautovic, he is another top-class professional who brings great experience and quality to the club.

"He has a proven goalscoring record in the Premier League, La Liga and the Bundesliga, as well in the Uefa Champions League and at international level with Mexico.

"We now have some fantastic options in attacking positions and, like all West Ham fans, I am looking forward to seeing Javier score goals in a claret and blue shirt next season."

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