Javier Hernandez turned down an opportunity to join Tottenham in order to play Champions League football, according to reports.
The Mexico international joined Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen in the summer despite having strong interest from Premier League duo Tottenham and West Ham United.
According to German newspaper Bild [via Daily Express], Hernandez refused to move to a side not involved in the Champions League this season, ruling out a reported £14.5m move to White Hart Lane.
The report suggests the 27-year-old signed a £70k-a-week deal with Bayer Leverkusen after the German side defeated Lazio in a play-off to reach the group stages of the prestigious competition.
It means United have just one recognised striker in its squad, with James Wilson expected to join Championship outfit Derby County on loan.
Hernandez scored 37 goals in 107 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils and spent last season on loan with La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid.
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