Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has informed striker Javier Hernandez that he is free to find another club before the transfer window closes on Tuesday.
The Mexican international hasn't scored for the Red Devils in 16 months and spent last season on loan with Real Madrid, who opted against making the move permanent.
Hernandez had the chance to score for Manchester United in their 4-0 Champions League qualifier win against Club Brugge earlier this week, but slipped when taking a penalty which forced his shot wide, while he also missed a good chance from close range much to the annoyance of Van Gaal.
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According to the Telegraph, the 27-year-old is closing in on a transfer to German outfit Bayer Leverkusen before the end of the transfer window after Van Gaal informed him that his services are no longer required.
If the move does go ahead then Hernandez would be the third striker to leave Old Trafford this summer without any big names coming in. Radamel Falcao was allowed to return to Monaco at the end of his loan spell and has now signed for Chelsea, while Robin van Persie has joined Fenerbahce.
That leaves Manchester United with just Wayne Rooney in attack, with youngster James Wilson offering support. Van Gaal has previously insisted that Marouane Fellaini and Memphis Depay can also play in attack, but the lack of new arrivals up front and Rooney's form has prompted some fans to panic.
One posted on Twitter: "We must have a striker lined up if they are willing to let second choice go?" while another added: Would be totally absurd if van Gaal sells Javier Hernández and only has Rooney that's up to the task. Oh, and Fellaini."
The Red Devils have been linked with a host of top strikers including Edinson Cavani, Neymar and Thomas Muller but look unlikely to sign any new players before the window closes. The Telegraph say that a new bid for Southampton's Saido Mane could be made soon however.
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