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Chicharito is a fan favourite at United (©GettyImages)
Chicharito is a fan favourite at United (©GettyImages).

Tottenham are looking to bolster their attack with the signing of Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez in the January transfer window and hope to offload Emmanuel Adebayor in the process claim the Independent.

It is clear that the Togo international Adebayor does not fit into Andre Villas-Boas’ plans, having failed to impress during his time at White Hart Lane.

The Togolese striker earns close to £100,000 a week, making him the club’s highest paid player, but he has struggled to find form after joining the club on a permanent basis in 2012.

Adebayor is currently sat behind Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe in the pecking order.

The Spurs manager is keen to sign another striker when the transfer window reopens at the start of next year, with Manchester United’s Mexican forward on the list of targets the club has compiled.

Javier Hernandez has spoken of his determination to break into the United first team, but admitted that he may have to look elsewhere if he can't earn a place in the starting 11.

Tottenham have been alerted to Javier Hernandez’s acknowledgement that he may have to leave Manchester United. Hernandez asserts that he will need more playing time, either at United or elsewhere, after starting just two games this season.

That message has been noted by Spurs, who were interested in signing 25-year-old Hernandez in the summer.

Despite splashing out £26million on Roberto Soldado, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas will look to strengthen his striking line-up in January.

Tottenham are aware they would face a battle to convince United to sell Hernandez to a Premier League rival during the season. But that won’t stop Spurs making an enquiry if the Mexican continues to sit on the bench.

White Hart Lane supremo Daniel Levy has given AVB the green light to make signings in January and Hernandez is his top priority.

Villas-Boas has spent serious money boosting the creative ranks at Spurs, adding Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen to account for the loss of Gareth Bale.

However, Bale was Spurs’ top scorer last season, and neither Lamela nor Eriksen is expected to fill that void.

Soldado carries that responsibility, but Villas-Boas wants to bring in extra help.

The question for Villas-Boas is whether Hernandez offers the necessary qualities to fit the Spurs model. The Tottenham boss likes to employ a lone striker, but Hernandez is very much a penalty-box poacher.

There can be no doubting Hernandez’s finishing ability, however, scoring 94 goals for club and country over the past four years. As a partner in a two-pronged strike force, he would add genuine firepower to the Tottenham attack and could spark their challenge for Champions League football.

However, much like his plight at United, it is debatable whether Spurs play the right formation to suit Hernandez. And if he is to leave the top team in the country, it is likely he will only do so if guaranteed first-team football.

That, seemingly, won't stop Villas-Boas trying his luck in January.

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Football
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Manchester United
Emmanuel Adebayor
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