Man Utd outcast Hernandez has potential Premier League options
Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is the subject of a reported transfer tussle between several Premier League clubs, as the Mexican marksman prepares to depart the Bernabeu in the summer after a lacklustre loan spell with Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The Red Devils, 11/4 with Coral to win the FA Cup, offloaded their out-of-favour forward on loan last year, with Madrid having hoped to benefit from his goalscoring attributes as a brilliant back-up to first-choice hitman Karim Benzema.
However, ‘Chicharito’ has endured a torrid time in the Spanish capital, after being restricted to just over 200 minutes of La Liga action for Carlo Ancelotti’s reigning European champions.
The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with West Ham United, as fellow top-flight sides Tottenham, Everton and Stoke are also reportedly set to swoop for the £8m-rated forward, in a bid to bolster attacking options, with his current price-tag set at superb value.
Sam Allardyce’s Hammers made a sensational start to this current campaign, spending time in a Champions League position for several weeks, but a slow decline has occurred towards the final few months.
The east London side are favourites to secure Hernandez’s signature, with a potential potent pairing with targetman Andy Carroll on the cards for the Upton Park outfit next term.
Clinical Chicharito’s other reported options could be tempting, as he aims to reignite his stuttering career, with Spurs hoping to add further firepower to their squad after the scoring burden has fallen primarily on Harry Kane’s young shoulders this season.
Hernandez could be a suitable replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor or Roberto Soldado, who both look set to depart White Hart Lane, after futile form in front of goal in recent months.
At Goodison Park, Mexico’s third all-time scorer would potentially gain more regular action, with another possibly prolific pairing with Belgian Romelu Lukaku a tasty prospect on the blue half of Merseyside.
A move to the Britannia Stadium looks the least likely switch for the faltering forward, although, after former Barcelona attacker Bojan Krkic joined the Potters last summer, Hernandez could follow a similar path towards Mark Hughes’ Stoke side.
The on-loan striker’s present team Madrid have recently slipped up domestically, but will hope to bounce back in the Champions League this week, and are 3/1 favourites to go all the way this year and defend their crown.