Ambitious Serie A side plot move for West Ham star in summer rebuild

West Ham striker Javier Hernandez has been identified as a major target for Italian side Fiorentina, according to reports.

Hernandez has just one year left on his contract at the London Stadium, meaning the former Manchester United forward’s time in the Premier League may be up.

According to Corriere Dello Sport, Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella has urged the club to sign an experienced striker to partner Giovanni Simeone – son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego – who only managed to score eight goals last season. And his top two targets are Boca Juniors hitman Dario Benedetto – coincidentally, a player also on West Ham’s radar – and Hernandez, who has scored eight goals in each of his two seasons with the Hammers since returning to England.

The Florence-based side are in desperate need of a rebuild having narrowly avoided what would have been a shock relegation, and with a recent change in ownership, they could be ready to make some big signings.

They are also prepared to take up a tough stance over the future of prized asset Federico Chiesa, a reported Liverpool target who has been a bright spark on the wings. New owner Rocco Commisso has warned that he will not consider selling the Italy international for less than €100m.


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