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West Ham star admits he wanted to leave in January

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Javier Hernandez has admitted that he wished to leave West Ham last month but did add that he is focused on helping the Hammers for the rest of the season.

The Mexican arrived at the London Stadium during the summer for £16 million but has struggled to live up to expectations, having scored five goals in 24 appearances in all competitions so far.

The Hammers were prepared to listen to offers for the striker but he was prevented from leaving when Andy Carroll got injured and when Diafra Sakho was sold to Rennes for £8 million.

“Yes, it was the case that I wanted to go,” Hernandez said. “Not because I don’t like West Ham, but because I need to have minutes on the pitch.

“The World Cup is just around the corner and I want to play. But you can see that, even though my agent says I want to go, I have been doing everything I can in a West Ham shirt to help the team.

“Against Bournemouth I scored a goal, I tried to play pretty well in the Cup [against Wigan last weekend] and, in the last game, against Crystal Palace, I tried to do my best. I am a very ­professional guy and I want to do that.

“Words can come and go. Your acts are going to speak for themselves. Now that the window is closed I am here and trying to achieve the main goals for the club, which is to be safe from relegation. Then, in the summer, we will see.”