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Manchester United Striker Rejected Southampton Move As Part Of Luke Shaw Deal

Mexican forward turned down Saints switch.

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Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez reportedly turned down the chance to sign for Southampton, who wanted him as part of the deal that saw Luke Shaw move to Old Trafford, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Mexican international has been out of the first-team picture for some time now, enduring a frustrating season in 2013/14 as he continued to be left out of the starting lineup by previous manager David Moyes.

After a strong start to his career in the Premier League, Hernandez has lost his way somewhat, and is looking likely to leave the club this summer, though he supposedly felt a switch to the St Mary’s Stadium would be too much of a step down for him.

Shaw instead made a straightforward £33m move to United, becoming one of many Saints players to leave the club in this transfer window, following the likes of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman may try again to sign the 26-year-old as he eyes new signings upfront before next season, with star striker Lambert leaving the south coast club to join Liverpool, while Dani Osvaldo could also be heading back to Serie A after just one season in England.

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