Arsenal could attempt to pull off a truly shocking January transfer, with reports suggesting that the Premier League leaders are eyeing a potential deal for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez. 

25-year-old Hernandez has been at Old Trafford since moving to England from Liga MX outfit Guadalajara during the summer of 2010 and has established himself as a firm favourite with supporters.

However, despite proving his worth to the Red Devils with a number of crucial goals from the substitutes bench over the last three years, Hernandez has never managed to secure a regular starting berth.

This lack of consistent first-team action has led to much speculation over the future of the prolific frontman, with rumours last month suggesting that Andre Villas-Boas' Tottenham Hotspur are looking to sign Hernandez.

However, they could be about to face stiff competition from their fierce North London rivals. The Daily Mail claims that Hernandez - reportedly valued at around the £15 million mark - has emerged as January target for long-serving Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

The same publication suggests that the club have compiled an 'extensive dossier' on Hernandez and view his signing as an option due to the lack of regular starts handed to the Mexico international at United.

While such a move may sound slightly unrealistic and surprising to fans of the respective clubs, Arsenal are widely expected to be in the market for an extra forward in the new year due to concerns about a lack of adequate competition for in-form Frenchman Olivier Giroud.

And Hernandez could also be looking be looking for a fresh start away from Old Trafford, with the player having created controversy earlier this week by re-tweeting an interview with international teammate Carlos Vela in which he reportedly said that Hernandez may need to leave the club.

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