Javier Hernandez will reportedly meet with Manchester United officials this week to beg them to lower their asking price for his transfer.
Hernandez only has one year left on his contract at Old Trafford and has not played for the club’s first team since August 2014, spending most of last season on loan at Real Madrid.
The Mexican and his representatives are therefore confused as to why United are demanding £12m for his signature, according to the Daily Star.
The Daily Star adds that Hernandez was under the impression that he would be available for £8m once Louis van Gaal had signed a replacement.
United have been linked with Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller – in the Metro – and Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani – in The Guardian – but are yet to buy a new striker this summer.
With Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao no longer on the club’s books, Hernandez, for the moment at least, appears to be second-choice striker behind captain Wayne Rooney.
But the Daily Star reports that he is desperate to leave to secure regular first-team football and that he will ask chief executive Ed Woodward to reduce his valuation to £6m to hasten his departure.
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Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United are both interested in signing him, according to the Daily Star, who also claim that Chicharito could go to Benfica in part-exchange for winger Nicolas Gaitan.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has publicly played down talk of the poacher moving to White Hart Lane.
“About Javier Hernandez, those are rumours and nothing more,” Pochettino is quoted by ESPN as saying last week. “There is nothing concrete. He is a Manchester United player and logically a lot of names are getting suggested for Tottenham and Javier is just one more.”
But Spurs are likely to be in the market for a new striker as Emmanuel Adebayor prepares to move on loan to Aston Villa and Roberto Soldado nears a transfer to Villarreal, as the Daily Express reports.
Hernandez would be a viable and affordable option to ease the goalscoring burden on Harry Kane, and provide good value for money even if he fails to persuade the Red Devils to knock down their valuation.
The South American has scored 59 goals in 154 games for United, with 69 of those appearances coming as a substitute. He averaged a Premier League goal every 106.9 minutes in the 2012-13 campaign.
He also has international and Champions League pedigree, so he would arguably be a snip compared to other reported Tottenham targets, such as Charlie Austin and Saido Berahino, who are valued in excess of £15m, according to the London Evening Standard.
His bright movement and lethal finishing, both evident in the below video, would give Tottenham the striking depth that they haven’t had with the unreliable Adebayor and misfiring Soldado.
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