Manchester United have rejected West Ham’s interest in signing backup forward Javier Hernandez, with Louis van Gaal apparently wanting to keep the Mexican striker.
ESPN relays how knowledgeable sources have informed them that Hernandez might not be the subject of an Old Trafford exit this summer, with the Hammers having been rebuffed in their attempts to land him.
No Hernandez exit?
The diminutive frontman was signalled out by media outlets as being a player who would likely be included in Van Gaal’s squad cull this summer following his failure to secure a permanent move to Real Madrid.
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Hernandez spent the best part of last season on loan at the Santiago Bernabeu, but the powers that be in Madrid opted not to turn that temporary spell into a permanent one, despite the fact Chicharito impressed during the latter stages of the campaign.
As it happens however contrary to popular assumption it looks as though the 27-year-old will remain a United player.
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Robin van Persie was last week sold to Fenerbahce and Van Gaal opted not to continue Radamel Falcao’s stay at Old Trafford, which will have no doubt helped Hernandez’s cause, but even so fans will be surprised to learn United are openly rejecting interest.
It’s believed that the forward will link up with Van Gaal’s pre-season party when he completes his recovery from a shoulder injury, and this term will mark his last opportunity to impress the Dutchman since his current contract is due to expire in 2016.
With that in mind it’s arguably even more confusing as to why United wouldn’t sell him whilst he is worth money to them, unless of course there are plans behind the scenes to offer him a new deal at some point in the future.
That said Hernandez has carved a career out of being a superb option coming off the bench and, though he most likely isn’t fond of the tag, he remains one of the best ‘super-subs’ in football.
If Wayne Rooney is to be United’s first-choice striker next term he’ll need a suitable deputy for when he’s not available or suffering a dip in form, and Hernandez has far more experience than the only other option Van Gaal has for the roll, James Wilson.
Naturally speculation will continue to infer that United will be active in trying to purchase a new striker as a result of Van Persie and Falcao both leaving. With United turning away clubs interested in Hernandez however it seems as though he may yet have a future.
United fans, do you think Hernandez will be sold this summer? Should he be given another chance to prove himself under Van Gaal? Let us know in the comments box below.