According to a report by the Daily Star, Chelsea are set to rival West Ham for the signature of Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez.

Chelsea are in the market in the search of a striker after gaffer, Antonio Conte told club top scorer Diego Costa that he no longer featured in his plans at the Bridge for the 2017-18 season.

The Blues were poised to replace the Spaniard with Everton frontman, Romelu Lukaku before Manchester United hijacked their bid for the Belgium international in the last minute leaving the Premier League champions in a spot of bother.

Chelsea have had to consider other targets in the form of Real Madrid striker, Alvaro Morata and Borussia Dortmund striker, Pierre-EmerickAubameyang.

The move for Morata is moving very lethargically at the moment and that for Aubameyang isn’t moving at a very fast pace either. The lack of progress has been irritating Antonio Conte and he has hence decided to pursue other targets too.

Javier Hernandez has spent five years at Manchester United, which also included a yearlong loan spell at Real Madrid. The Mexican joined Bayer Leverkusen for a sum of £9.6m in 2015.

Since his move to Germany, Chicharito as he is affectionately called has scored 39 times. Hernandez also became Mexico’s all-time leading goal scorer after he scored in the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Croatia.

West Ham co-owner David Gold has admitted the club is desperate to sign new strikers during this transfer window and after failed bids for Cologne’s Anthony Modeste and Villarreal’s Cedric Bakambu have turned their attention elsewhere.

Chicharito’s contract expires at the end of next season but Leverkusen have made no attempts to extend his contract and that can be seen as a sign of encouragement for his suitors. The former Manchester United striker has a £13 million release clause which shouldn’t be much of a problem for either club.

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