Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez is a surprise transfer target for West Ham for a reported fee of around £8 million. The Mexican striker is currently on loan at Champions League holders, Real Madrid, but he has rarely featured this term. With players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema ahead of him in the pecking order it is very difficult for him to get a game.

He is a renowned goal scorer with an excellent record in the Premier League and he would be an ideal signing for Sam Allardyce's men.

Hernandez spent most of his time on the bench at Manchester United but still managed to score 37 league goals for Manchester United, possessing an excellent goals to minutes ratio.

He hasn't had the best of spells in La Liga but his undoubted talent is there for all to see. His predatory finishing and his pace suits the style of play set up by Big Sam and he would provide an excellent foil for the likes of Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia in particular.

Carlton Cole is set to be offloaded in the summer with the West Ham camp keen on bringing in an extra striker. They came very close in the January transfer window to signing Emmanuel Adebaoyor from Tottenham Hotspur on a six-month loan deal but talks broke down in the late stages.

The Hammers are having a superb season so far and are in eighth place and have a good chance in qualifying for Europe next season. This will be crucial in their attempts to buy top players and Javier Hernandez falls in that category.

Also they are top of the fair play table and that may play a significant part in their search for Europa League Football next term so it is promising times to be a West Ham fan at the moment.

Chicharito's lack of game time has affected his international status in recent years as he was a regular substitute in the World Cup in Brazil.

He is desperate to win back his starting berth and a move to East London will be very appealing to him.

Can the Hammers pull off the coup is the big question but a value of £8million is certainly worth taking a chance on reviving the 26-year-old's stuttering career.