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Deal close: Manchester United set to be beaten to forward transfer

Manchester United look set to miss out on the transfer of West Ham striker Javier Hernandez as he nears a move to Turkish giants Besiktas instead.

Goal claim a deal is close for the Mexico international to seal an early exit from the club he only just joined this summer and join Besiktas for around €8.5million.

The report mentions apparent interest from Jose Mourinho in signing Hernandez as a backup option to Romelu Lukaku, with the Red Devils short of depth in that area of the pitch following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s injury.

Hernandez was a popular figure during his time at Old Trafford earlier in his career, and the Telegraph recently claimed United had enquired to West Ham about the possibility of bringing him back.

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Javier Hernandez doesn’t look like returning to Manchester United

The Telegraph’s report claims Mourinho rates the 29-year-old highly, despite his struggles to get going with the Hammers this season.

Hernandez was prolific in his time at previous club Bayer Leverkusen, scoring 39 goals in all competitions across his two seasons in Germany, but may now be past his best at the top level.

His poor form in the Premier League this term would appear to confirm that, as does a move to the relatively lower level of Turkish football.

Hernandez just managed four strikes in 17 appearances in total for West Ham and his time with the east Londoners now looks set to come to a quick end.

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