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Javier Hernandez sounded confident that he can become the prolific goalscorer West Ham United need when he gave his first news conference on Friday since joining from Bayer Leverkusen.

The club’s fourth major signing of the close-season after goalkeeper Joe Hart, defender Pablo Zabaleta and forward Marko Arnautovic is arguably the most important as manager Slaven Bilic looks to improve on last season’s lack of goals.

No player reached double figures and West Ham finished 11th in the Premier League.

“I never set a goals target,” Hernandez said at West Ham’s training base in Germany.

“It’s about the team and I want to show I’m a football player not (just) a goal-scorer.

“But I’m coming here with a lot of hunger and ambition. It’s the most difficult league in the world and I want to challenge myself,” the Mexican added.

“I had other options, in Spain and Italy, but West Ham showed a lot of confidence and trust in me. They have shown a lot of ambition and want to qualify for Europe again.”