Tottenham have emerged as the favourites to sign Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez this summer after Inter Milan pulled out of the race for his signature. Arsenal have also been linked with a move for the want-away star, but they are behind their north London rivals in the pecking order.
The Daily Express reports how the Mexico international is set to leave Old Trafford after falling down the first-team pecking, making just 15 Premier League appearances for the club in 2013/14.
Old Trafford future?
Hernandez is concerned that his lack of regular action will continue under the new stewardship of Louis van Gaal, with Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck all seemingly above the 26-year-old in the Red Devils striker rankings.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be on the lookout for reinforcements at White Hart Lane with neither Roberto Soldado or Emmanuel Adebayor particularly fancied by the former Southampton tactician.
The Argentine would be able to guarantee Hernandez consistent game time at Tottenham, which will be looked upon favourably by the player following comments last week that he needs a team to show more faith in his ability.
"This whole year has been very tough," he admitted in a recent interview. "Players need confidence more than anything else, and I've been very short of it.
"Very few people have shown faith in me over this past year."
Arsene Wenger has also been mooted as an admirer of Hernandez, but he could find himself in the same situation at the Emirates Stadium, sharing matches with the Gunners' current first-choice striker Olivier Giroud next season.
It's that reason that makes Spurs favourites ahead of Arsenal for his services, and they'll be even more encouraged following news that rival suitors Inter Milan have denied any interest in bringing the Manchester United outcast to the San Siro.
Inter Milan out of the running
Sporting director Piero Ausilio explained: "Chicharito Hernandez? He hasn't the characteristics of the player we're looking for."
Hernandez is currently playing at the World Cup with Miguel Herrera's squad in Brazil, who have successfully progressed to the knockout stage of the competition after a second place finish behind the host nation in Group A.
The Mexicans are set to face the Netherlands in Fortaleza in the last 16, a match that will see Hernandez come face-to-face with the new Manchester United manager, who is still employed by the Dutch FA until after the completion of this summer's tournament.