In-demand Hernandez seeks move

Mexico international Javier Hernandez is keen to end his six-month stay at West Ham United before the transfer window closes, according to his agent.

The former Manchester United star has scored five goals in 18 Premier League appearances for the Hammers this season but has started only once in the top flight since David Moyes succeeded Slaven Bilic in November.

The 29-year-old came off the bench to score as West Ham hit back to draw 1-1 with Bournemouth on Saturday but his representative, Eduardo Hernandez, says a number of clubs have already expressed their interest in the forward, who moved to London from Bayer Leverkusen for £16million last July.

"There are several clubs interested in his services. He's a player everyone knows," he said.

"Our primary focus is a club in which he can play the most games possible. That's the most important thing.

"Javier has asked personally for it. He's commented, stated and demanded that we look for a club that really needs a player with his characteristics because what he wants is to play and play and play."

West Ham are 31/20 to beat Wigan Athletic in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday and 13/8 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season.

Lanzini’s injury worries Moyes

West Ham United manager David Moyes is concerned about the injury Manuel Lanzini picked up in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Bournemouth.

Lanzini had to be replaced by former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, who grabbed the Hammers' equaliser.

"Lanzini is a worry," Moyes admitted. "It looks like a hamstring but we'll get it scanned on Sunday.

"I think the Lanzini thing has come more from fatigue. He's very important [to us]. I think he was talked a lot about when I came and, I have to be honest, I didn't see that in the first half-dozen games or so.

"I think in recent weeks we are beginning to see what everyone was telling me and he is starting to form a great understanding with Marko [Arnautovic] although we didn't quite get the magic we needed in front of goal."

Hernandez scored West Ham's equaliser immediately after Ryan Fraser had given the Cherries the lead and Moyes is keen to keep the Mexican forward.

"There's speculation about 'Chicharito'," he added. "But there's been speculation about Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho… about every man and their dog here really."

West Ham, 13/8 to finish in the top half of the Premier League this term, can be backed at 50/1 to win the FA Cup.

Carroll set for ankle surgery

West Ham boss David Moyes fears he could be without Andy Carroll for a significant amount of time after learning the striker may require surgery.

The 29-year-old has only made 14 appearances for the Hammers this season due to a combination of injury problems, missing last week's win at Huddersfield with an ankle issue.

West Ham had hoped the problem was not serious but have since learnt the ex-Newcastle striker could need an operation, potentially ruling him out for months.

Carroll, who has been linked with a move away from the London Stadium this month, is a big part of Moyes' plans for West Ham and the Scot is keeping his fingers crossed he will not need to go under the knife.

"We found out yesterday after Andy went for a scan and it showed up that he has got a problem," Moyes said. "We are not sure whether the ankle will need an operation or not.

"We are getting two or three specialists to look at it and then we will be able to make the correct decision. Hopefully we will know within a week."

A serious injury to Carroll would significantly diminish Moyes' attacking options, especially if he allows Javier Hernandez to leave amid talk the Mexican could move on.

"To lose him takes away a big part of our armoury," Moyes added. "It is frustrating for Andy, but it is frustrating for us.

"Andy gives us another option and alters the way other teams play against you so to lose him is certainly a big miss."

West Ham will look to continue their recent good run of form against Bournemouth on Saturday, despite the absence of Carroll, with the Londoners having gone six matches without defeat.

The Hammers are 6/5 to beat the Cherries, who are 5/2, while the draw is 5/2.

Having moved up to 11th recently, West Ham are 13/8 to finish in the top half of the table this season.

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Irvine rules out Carroll exit

West Ham United have moved quickly to quash speculation suggesting Chelsea target Andy Carroll will be leaving the club this month.

The Hammers seem content to listen to offers for Javier Hernandez and Diafra Sakho during the January transfer window but have no desire to let former Newcastle United and Liverpool striker Carroll head for pastures new.

Assistant manager Alan Irvine said: "I certainly hope Andy will be a player here at the end of the month.

"I don't think we have had any offers, in terms of taking him on loan, and I don't think the club would entertain him going out on loan.

"That does not help us and we need as much help as we can get between now and the end of the season, so I don't know why that would be attractive to the club if it was to come up.

"There has been a lot of talk about it, but not necessarily anybody doing anything about it."

Carroll has scored twice in 12 Premier League appearances for West Ham this season and has 32 goals in 128 games for the club since joining in 2012, initially on loan.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte had identified the 29-year-old as cover for Alvaro Morata, who has struggled recently.

West Ham, who won 4-1 at Huddersfield Town on Saturday, are 1/1 to beat Bournemouth this weekend and 9/1 to win 2-0 against the Cherries, 6/1 to be relegated this season.

Arnautovic form delights Moyes

In-form forward Marko Arnautovic took the plaudits after playing a big part in West Ham claiming a convincing 4-1 victory at Huddersfield Town.

The Austria international has scored six goals in his last seven appearance in the Premier League, helping the Hammers put together a run of five games unbeaten which has seen them rise to 11th place in the able – five points above the relegation zone.

And boss David Moyes believes that the big-money summer recruit from Stoke City is enjoyed himself due to a change of role in the set-up of the Irons side.

He told the club's official website: "I'm really pleased with Marko. Everybody told me he hadn't performed before I came, but everybody knew how good he was at Stoke City and that's why we paid a big fee for him.

"Giving him a freer role up front has given him a chance to show other sides to his game as well, with the effort and the way he has worked."

The Hammers are now 14/1 to be relegated this season, while they are 1/10 to avoid the drop and 10/3 to finish in the top half of the table.

Meanwhile, Moyes also admitted that he would like to add to his options before the transfer window slams shut, adding: "The board know and they want to add a few players – it's just the difficulty of the month. We want to add players if that is possible."

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Moyes seeks Hernandez revival

Striker Javier Hernandez has been challenged by manager David Moyes to try and fight his way back into the starting line-up at West Ham.

The 29-year-old Mexico international was one of the Hammers’ major signings in the summer, but has managed to find the net just four times since his £16million arrival from Bayer Leverkusen.

However, Moyes does not want to see the former Manchester United forward move on this month, while admitting that he cannot drop either Marko Arnautovic or Michail Antonio from his first-choice XI as things stand.

Moyes commented ahead of a trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday: "What I will say is we have got four or five strikers and the competition is tough for all of them.

"You would have to say the form of Arnautovic and Antonio at the start (of my reign) has made it difficult.

"When I joined, nine or ten weeks ago, Javier was injured, so we had to go with Marko and Michail up front in different games. They have both done really well.

"Chicharito is a really good player. His finishing ability is as good as there is and he thrives on balls in the box. Maybe in a lot of games we have not been able to give him that service.

"(But) you would be hard pushed to say he would necessarily be playing ahead of the two other players I mentioned at the moment."

West Ham, currently two points clear of the drop zone, are 7/1 to be relegated this season, with Crystal Palace priced at 7/1 and Bournemouth 3/1.

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Moyes laments lack of steel

David Moyes admitted that his below-par West Ham side had been fortunate to draw their FA Cup third-round tie at Shrewsbury Town.

Moyes did not make many changes to his starting line-up but the Hammers struggled against the League One side and eventually had to settle for a goalless draw at The New Meadow.

Joe Hart was recalled to the side in favour of Adrian and made two particularly fine saves to deny Shaun Whalley and Mat Sadler.

Almost 15 years to the day Moyes' Everton side had been humbled by the Shrews and the Hammers boss accepted lightning had almost struck twice.

"I don't think we showed any quality and the biggest disappointment is I didn't think we showed enough steel," he said.

"When you come to places like this you have to show yourself physically, that you can battle and compete.

"I didn't think we did that at all and that was the worst thing about it. You've got to go and show that wherever you are, you've got to respect whatever players you're against and recognise it's going to be tough. For the first half especially, we didn't compete at all."

West Ham, 7/1 to be relegated this season, are 2/1 to beat Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Saturday.

Hammers escape with draw at Shrewsbury

League One Shrewsbury dominated most of their FA Cup third round tie at home to West Ham and have earned a replay at the London Stadium.

The home side, who are in a promotion battle, sitting second in League One, had the better chances to cause a shock, but failed to hit the target and they will meet the Hammers again for a replay and a place in the fourth round.

Joe Hart was made Hammers captain for the day, returning to his old club but he was by far the busier keeper, with Ben Godfrey and Mast Cadler both going close for the home side who created a host of chances.

West Ham rarely threatened with Andre Ayew responsible for their only two shots on target.

David Moyes made four changes from the side that were in Premier League action against Spurs on Thursday but, despite being two divisions higher, they rarely looked like threatening a Shrews defence which has only conceded four goals at home all season,

Shrewsbury are in EFL Trophy action in midweek at home to Blackpool before a crucial promotion clash at Blackburn next Saturday.

The Shrews have a five-point gap over Rovers who sit third in the table.

West Ham meanwhile, who have enjoyed a revival under David Moyes, are two points clear of the bottom three in the Premier League and are away at Huddersfield next Saturday.

They are 2/1 for the win with David Wagner's side 6/4 and the draw priced at 2/1.

The Hammers are 1/10 to stay up this season while they are 7/1 to be relegated.

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Moyes harbours cup dream

David Moyes admits he would 'one hundred per-cent' love to win the FA Cup with West Ham this season, as long as their league form doesn't suffer.

Moyes leads the Hammers to high-flying League One outfit Shrewsbury on Sunday afternoon looking to clear the first hurdle on the road to Wembley.

His team have climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone since he replaced Slaven Bilic, but they remain 15th and only two points clear of the drop zone.

The Scot admits a cup run would be welcomed, but he won't allow it to have a detrimental effect on their main priority.

"Do I want to win the FA Cup? One hundred per cent. But I don't think it can be where we can damage our league season," Moyes said.

"If I could win the cup I would definitely try to win the cup, but I couldn't do it if I thought it would affect the Premier League."

West Ham have won the FA Cup three times, though not since 1980. They were last in the final in 2006, agonisingly losing to Liverpool in extra-time in Cardiff after Steven Gerrard had rescued the Reds from defeat in stoppage time at the end of 90 pulsating minutes.

West Ham are 1/1 to win at Shrewsbury. The home side are 3/1 while the draw is 13/5.

Shrewsbury boss Paul Hurst must rely on second-choice goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray as Dean Henderson has not been given permission to play by parent club Manchester United.

Hurst knows his team must raise their level considerably to compete against Premier League opposition, while he too admits the cup isn't the be all and end all this season.

"We aren't all going to go home and think that's the end of the road and our season's over if we lose against West Ham on Sunday," Hurst declared.

"So I want us to try and be as positive as possible, but with it in mind that we are playing against higher quality players and if we leave too many gaps the chances are we will get exploited."

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Cresswell a doubt for London derby

David Moyes hopes Aaron Cresswell is fit enough to feature in Thursday's London derby between Tottenham and West Ham United.

The Hammers came from behind in dramatic fashion to beat West Brom 2-1 on Tuesday thanks to a brace by Andy Carroll and Moyes wants his players to adopt a similarly battling approach at Wembley.

"Spurs have got a really good team," said Moyes. "It will be hard work for us but we will go there with the same spirit, same attitude and same determination we've had in all our games.

"I'm hoping Cresswell's injury doesn't keep him out because we're pretty short in both full-back areas. The biggest thing is I don't have lots of players."

The Hammers, who beat Spurs 3-2 in the Carabao Cup in October, are 11/2 to be relegated this season following their win against the Baggies, and Moyes knows that his team will have to be at their best if they are to move up the table.

He added: "You can see how the Premier League is going to go between now and the end of the season. Games are going to be won and lost on really small margins.

"I think you can see there's a lot of tension at the bottom of the league this season, because two defeats and you slide back in. Two wins and you could be talking about trying to get into mid-table."

West Ham are 11/1 to win at Wembley and 10/1 to keep a clean sheet against Spurs.