Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez refused to join Southampton as part-exchange in the £33m that took Luke Shaw to Old Trafford, preferring to wait for talks with new Red Devils chief Louis van Gaal and interest from sides with Champions League aspirations.
The Sunday People believe that Saints desperately wanted Hernandez included in the Shaw switch after losing Rickie Lambert, but the Mexican striker saw a proposed move to the South Coast as a massive step down and would prefer Inter Milan or Valencia to make their interest concrete with a formal offer instead.
Hernandez has endured a frustrating 12 months and looks a player in desperate need of a fresh challenge, after being forced to make do with the role of impact substitute for both club and country.
The 26-year-old scored just four Premier League goals last season and never managed to convince former Red Devils boss David Moyes he was capable of leading the line regularly, with his chances of starring at the World Cup suffering as a result.
Van Gaal seemingly agreed with both Moyes and Mexico manager Miguel Herrera and was prepared to let Hernandez join Saints, who remain extremely keen to sign the forward despite the snub.
Hernandez is almost certain to leave Old Trafford this summer but wants to hear that from Van Gaal himself before pursing a summer switch, with Inter and Valencia ready to pounce after asking United to be kept up to date with developments regarding his future.
Whatever happens United fans will have fond memories of the clinical finisher, who has scored 37 goals in 101 Premier League appearances and proved he can cut it at the highest level.
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