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Juventus join the race to sign Javier Hernandez

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Juventus appear to have joined the race to sign Javier Hernandez from Premier League giants Manchester United.

This is according to reports from Italian sport newspaper Tuttosport, who seem to claim that the Serie A champions could be turning to Mexican international Hernandez in addition to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba as alternatives to their well-documented pursuit of Real Madrid starlet Alvaro Morata.

Juventus - who strolled to their third consecutive Serie A title at a canter last season courtesy of a 17-point buffer over nearest challengers Roma - have long been linked with a move for the young Spaniard, but speculation from earlier this week appeared to show Real strongly denying that Morata was on the verge of switching to Turin.

Hernandez could well be an attainable option for Juventus, with the 26-year-old's influence at Old Trafford appeared to have suffered a notable decline over recent months.

Although never really considered as a regular first-choice option under the guidance of former Manchester United managerial stalwart Sir Alex Ferguson, Hernandez really did not appear to be regarded as a key component of the first-team setup under David Moyes.

As such, Hernandez - who first arrived in the Premier League from Guadalajara almost four years ago - scored just four goals in the top-flight last season and it seems somewhat unlikely that he will be able to improve his chances of a regular starting berth under new boss Louis van Gaal, with the experienced Dutchman known to share a fondness for and a close working relationship with Netherlands captain Robin van Persie.

Juventus may well face stiff competition for Hernandez's signature, however as Inter Milan also want to take him to Italy on an initial loan deal that could see them sign him permanently for a fee of approximately £10 million.

Antonio Conte certainly did not have a shortage of strikers last season, with Carlos Tevez, Fernando Lllorente, Sebastian Giovinco, Fabio Quagliarella and Southampton loanee Dani Osvaldo all vying for places.

Quite whether it would suit Hernandez to move from one club where he already struggles for regular football to another where there is similarly fierce competition for places is a matter for debate.

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