Real Madrid keen to sign Javier Hernandez permanently

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Real Madrid are keen to sign Javier Hernandez from Manchester United permanently but will only pay £12m.

According to the Daily Express, Carlo Ancelotti has been very happy with the striker, signed late in the summer transfer window on a season long loan from Manchester United.

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So much so that he's keen to get Hernandez in permanently at the end of the season, and has already decided to make United an offer. The Old Trafford giants are looking for £17m for the out-of-favour forward, while Real Madrid will only go as high as £12m.

Hernandez, who has three goals in four La Liga appearances for Real Madrid, was allowed to leave Old Trafford by Louis van Gaal once he had a deal wrapped up to sign Radamel Falcao from Monaco.

With Falcao, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney in his squad, van Gaal could afford to let Hernandez join the reigning European champions, where he has acted as a change of pace option from the bench. Danny Welbeck was also allowed to leave the club, signing from Arsenal on deadline day for £16m.

Frustration on the bench

The Mexican goal poacher became frustrated with his bench role at United, and with the change of manager, decided to look for football elsewhere. So it was a surprise for him to land at Real Madrid, where his chances of first-team football would be similarly limited.

The likes of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema don't usually take a night off, although Ancelotti has used Hernandez smartly so far.

David De Gea interest too

Real Madrid have also been interested in United's goalkeeper, David De Gea, although the Spaniard recently insisted that he plans to stay at Old Trafford despite the transfer speculation.

Manchester United face Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon in the biggest Premier League game of the weekend.

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