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Reports: Manchester United set to make surprise move for former player

Reports: Manchester United set to make surprise move for former player

The 29-year-old was a former fan favourite at Old Trafford

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Is this a wise move by Jose Mourinho and Manchester United?

What’s the story?

Manchester United have been linked with a host of names already in the transfer window and now latest reports in The Telegraph claim that the Red Devils are ready to make a shock move for former striker Javier Hernandez.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic looking like a shadow of his old self, United are reportedly in the market for a forward. While the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Jamie Vardy have been linked, the del which is most realistic and easy to pull off is the deal for West Ham man Javier Hernandez.

In case you didn’t know…

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Javier Hernandez had a hugely successful spell at Manchester United

Having made more than 100 appearances for Manchester United, Hernandez was often used as a super sub and grabbed a number of important goals under Sir Alex Ferguson. However, when David Moyes took over, the Mexican failed to replicate his goalscoring form and soon fell out of favour with the Scotsman.

With Moyes now manager at West Ham, Hernandez has reportedly been given the permission to leave and a bid of close to £20 million would be enough for United to re-sign the 29-year-old.

Also read: Jose Mourinho – No longer the ‘Special One’?

The heart of the matter

Chicharito arrived in the summer at West Ham for a fee of £17 million, but the Mexican striker has failed to live up to expectations. With only 4 goals in 20 appearances for The Hammers, Hernandez could be on the move in the coming weeks.

Jose Mourinho, however, is reportedly a huge fan of the ‘little pea’ and is confident that the Mexican will add something extra to the attack. Having criticised Van Gaal for letting Hernandez go, the Portuguese manager is keen on bringing the Mexican back to Old Trafford.

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Manchester United fans will have fond memories of the little Mexican.

Author’s take

While the move initially might excite a lot of Manchester United fans, buying a 29-year-old striker who might be past his peak and having no resale value does not make much sense for the Red Devils.

Although he could be available for only £17-£20 million, United should go for other targets and sign someone more dynamic in the January transfer window.

Also read: 10 most valuable football players in the world

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