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West Ham launch £9m offer for Javier Hernandez

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West Ham have launched a £9 million bid for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, according to Goal.

The Mexico international has emerged as a major transfer target for the Hammers as they undertake a summer spending spree.

Their new manager Slaven Bilic has already spent big on Pedro Obiang, Dimitri Payet and Angelo Ogbonna but wants to strengthen his squad further before the start of next season.

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Louis van Gaal is ready to sell Hernandez but values him at around £10m. West Ham have tried to undercut the Red Devils slightly, but are confident of agreeing a deal soon.

Manchester United's main intention is to make a profit on their original £7m outlay. They had high hopes for the speedy youngster after signing him in 2010. He had earlier impressed at the World Cup, but failed to establish himself at Old Trafford.

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Real Madrid loan

Van Gaal gave him a chance to impress whilst on a pre-season tour of the USA last summer, but later agreed to loan him out to Real Madrid.

Hernandez again failed to establish himself at the Bernabeu, but was brought in as back-up to Karim Benzema.

Despite scoring the decisive goal against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final leg, Real Madrid decided against making the temporary deal a permanent one and sent him back to Old Trafford.

Manchester United career

With Robin van Persie leaving for Fenerbahce, there was a chance that Hernandez would be given another chance to prove himself worthy of a place in Van Gaal's squad.

However, any chance of that evaporated after he broke his collarbone whilst playing for Mexico earlier this summer. Once he leaves, Manchester United will have just James Wilson and Wayne Rooney as experienced strikers.

Replacement

The Red Devils have been linked with moves for both Robert Lewandowski and Edinson Cavani in recent weeks, but both are likely to be aimed at replacing Van Persie.

It is unclear whether Van Gaal will seek to replace Hernandez as he is probably keen to give Wilson a chance to get more game time next season.

However, Wilson has yet to prove himself and relying on such a talent may be a big risk for a team hoping to win the Premier League.

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