Javier Hernandez completed his move to Sevilla on Monday, as Mexico’s all-time leading goal scorer left West Ham in a $9.7 million deal.
Hernandez, 31, arrived in Spain on Sunday to complete his medical and the predatory forward has signed a three-year deal with Sevilla on transfer deadline day in Europe.
He will now play in the Europa League and Sevilla have made a fine start to the new La Liga season as Monchi has returned as sporting director and overseen a huge squad overhaul.
Hernandez revealed that his close friend and El Tri teammate Miguel Layun, who played for the La Liga club, helped him make the decision to join Sevilla.
“It’s a great opportunity. I’m very happy to be at this club,” Hernandez said as he was unveiled by Sevilla. “I spoke to Miguel Layun a lot. I have only heard positive things about Sevilla FC, when I came to visit I fell in love with the city and the club.”
At West Ham Hernandez never truly nailed down a starting spot but he continued to score goals with 17 in his 63 appearances (most of which came off the bench) in all competitions.
He last played in Spain for Real Madrid during a loan move from Man United in 2014 and Hernandez will battle with Luuk do Jong and Ronny Ocampos for minutes up top.