Former West Ham defender Tony Gale has called on the club to sell striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez in January to help fund the purchase of a new forward.
The Hammers currently sit 12th in the Premier League table, as the club have struggled to settle on a first-choice striker in 2018-19.
Hernandez has been one of the options manager Manuel Pellegrini has tried up top, but the Mexico international has failed to put together a consistent run of form.
Although he did manage a double against Newcastle last weekend, Chicharito has only scored three goals in 10 league games played this term – though only four of those appearances have been starts.
The 30-year-old has not quite been as prolific in London as he was at former club Bayer Leverkusen, and that has left Gale hoping the Hammers can sell the forward in January.
“Come the new year, if there was a bid on him and you got your money back, you’d be quite happy with that and then we would look at someone else coming in,” Gale told Love Sport Radio.
The Hammers could recoup some funds from Hernandez’s sale, but Gale admits that a suitable alternative may be difficult to find in the winter market.
“Strikers are few and far between,” Gale continued. “You have a look around in European or world football, it is very difficult to get a top-class striker in.
“When you do, you have to pay a lot of money for them. Maybe, you’d have to take a punt on a kid coming through that you think might go on and do it – but even that’s going to cost you a lot of money.
“That striking position is a real difficult one and that’s why West Ham have mixed and matched.”
Hernandez has started consecutive Premier League matches for West Ham, both of which have been wins.
After those victories against Newcastle and Cardiff, the Hammers will look to continue their run of form against Crystal Palace on Saturday.