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Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez agrees to Join West Ham in £13 million Deal

Mexico striker Javier Hernandez has agreed to return to the Premier League with West Ham, the club confirmed Thursday.

“Chicharito” is expected to undergo a medical on Monday, ESPN Mexico reported, ahead of a move to the London club from Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen, where he had been set to enter the final year of his contract.

A club statement said: “West Ham United and Bayer Leverkusen have agreed terms for the transfer of Javier Hernandez to London Stadium.

“The former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker will fly to London in the coming days to finalise personal terms and undergo a medical with the Hammers.”

Sources close to West Ham had told ESPN FC a day earlier that a deal was close to completion, with Hernandez’s £13 million (€14.5m, $16.9m) release clause set to be activated.

If all goes as planned, Hernandez, who became Mexico’s all-time leading goal scorer in May, could make his West Ham debut against former club Manchester United at Old Trafford on Aug. 13.

Hernandez left United for Leverkusen in 2015 having netted 59 goals in 157 appearances for the Red Devils, and he has continued to score goals in the Bundesliga.

The 29-year-old has 39 in 76 appearances for Bayer since his arrival, but he has been interested in a move back to the Premier League.

Hernandez played four seasons at Man United after moving from Chivas in 2010. He then played for Real Madrid on loan in the 2014-15 season, scoring nine goals in 33 appearances in all competitions.

He moved to Bayer Leverkusen in August 2015 for a reported fee of £7.3m, meaning the Bundesliga club is set to make a profit as Hernandez returns to England.

Hernandez would be the third Mexican player to suit up for West Ham, after Guillermo Franco in the 2009-10 season and Pablo Barrera the next campaign, though both were largely unsuccessful at Upton Park, the Hammer’s former home.

Up to this point, West Ham had been frustrated in their attempts to land transfer targets this summer, with Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi and Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho all linked with moves to the London Stadium.

However, Austria forward Marko Arnautovic is reportedly due to have a medical in the next 48 hours after the Hammers agreed a deal with Stoke City in the region of £24m.

Meanwhile, West Ham have agreed a deal to sell goalkeeper Darren Randolph to Championship club Middlesbrough, sources told ESPN FC on Thursday.

The move comes after the Hammers made a splash on Tuesday by completing a season-long loan for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City: Red Devils See Off City Rival in Champions Cup

Romelu Lukaku became the first-ever player to score in a Manchester derby outside England as Manchester United beat rivals City 2-0 in the International Champions Cup.

But it was a debut to forget for City’s new signing Ederson Moraes, who Pep Guardiola brought in for £34.7m from Benfica to put an end to the goalkeeping problems that dogged his first season in charge.

The Brazilian was at fault for Lukaku’s 35th minute opener when he ran out of goal to cut out Paul Pogba’s through ball, but was beaten to the ball by the United striker, who then expertly squeezed in a finish from a tight angle.

And two minutes later United doubled their lead when Marcus Rashford exposed City’s wide open defending to latch on to Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s well-timed pass and fire a low shot past Ederson.

Guardiola had started with an experimental side for his first game of the preseason. Kyle Walker made his debut following his £50m move from Tottenham while 17-year-old Phil Foden started in midfield and looked neat and composed on his first ever appearance for the first team.

The Stockport-born midfielder linked up neatly with Kevin de Bruyne and midway through the first half brought a good save from United keeper David de Gea, who also tipped a Sergio Aguero deflected shot over the bar.

Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, started with a strong lineup that looked something close to the team that will kick off the season back in Europe in the Super Cup against Real Madrid on Aug. 8.

But both sides made a raft of changes at half-time with seven new players coming on for City, including forgotten men Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala — back after season-long loans away from the club — while United made four substitutions of their own.

But Rashford and Lukaku stayed on the pitch and almost extended United’s lead at the start of the second half. Ederson did well to tip wide Rashford’s mishit cross before Lukaku slammed a vicious, curling shot against the post after John Stones had gifted him the ball on the edge of the box.

Nasri went close to pulling a goal back in the 72nd minute when Sergio Romero’s clumsy punch dropped to the Frenchman, but his 30-yard lob looped over the bar.

Gabriel Jesus wasted another opportunity when he shot off-target from 10 yards out while Fernandinho’s late long-range effort was tipped over the bar by Romero.