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Where Next For Little Pea As Madrid’s Buying Deadline Passes

Where next for Little Pea? (Image from PA)It was meant to be his dream move but has slowly turned into a nightmare. Despite a recent burst in form that has seen him net four times in the last six appearances, Real Madrid will not be taking out their option to buy Javier Hernandez outright from Manchester United. Deemed surplus to requirements by new United manager Louis Van Gaal, Hernandez was offered to several clubs before Real Madrid swooped in with a season long loan to buy deal. Joining the likes of Bale, Ronaldo and Rodriguez at the Bernabeu was too good an opportunity for the diminutive Mexican striker, known in his homeland simply as Little Pea. But Hernandez has struggled to force his way into Ancelotti’s starting eleven on a regular basis especially with French striker Karim Benzema in superb early season form. But a recent knee injury followed by a sprained ankle has kept Benzema out of action over the past month handing Hernandez his chance. Despite taking it well and scoring some vital goals as Real Madrid continue to chase trophies both at home and abroad, Madrid have decided at this stage not to make a bid for Hernandez letting Manchester United’s imposed Thursday deadline for their option to buy Hernandez pass without action.

Hernandez signed for Manchester United in 2010 after impressing their scouts who watched him star for Guadalajara in Liga MX. He arrived at Old Trafford for a fee of € 7.5M and almost immediately became a fan favourite with his energy and enthusiasm for the game and more importantly his goals. His style of play and the tendency by Sir Alex Ferguson to use Hernandez from the bench sparked obvious comparisons to former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But unlike the Norwegian, Hernandez did manage to force his way into the starting line up on a more regular basis as the goals flew in. But with the departure of his mentor Ferguson, Hernandez slipped down the pecking order and with the arrival of the likes of Robin Van Persie and this season Colombian hotshot Radamel Falcao, Hernandez knew his playing time would be limited at United. A loan move to Real was agreed with the belief that he could win a permanent move but that has not materialized as yet so Hernandez will likely have to reassess his career at the end of the season and decided where he wants to play next.

There won’t be a shortage of potential suitors with clubs in England, Italy, Spain and Germany expressing an interest in the Mexican international striker. He has already rejected a reported offer to move to MLS side Orlando City, preferring instead to stay in Europe. If he decides to return to England, several clubs like Newcastle, Southampton and West Ham are options with the trio heavily linked to the player. Serie A sides Lazio and AC Milan have also expressed an interest, whilst German side Wolfsburg are also rumoured to be monitoring the situation closely as they look to strengthen their squad after an impressive Bundesliga title push this year. His recent form in Spain has sparked interest from other sides in the Primera Division such as Seville and Atletico Madrid. He may end up remaining in Spain with his current suitors, Real Madrid who still have not formally closed the door on a full time move, despite not activating their first option as part of the loan agreement. They may however move for Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, currently on loan at Manchester United who like Hernandez has been unable to hold down a first team place.  If former Atletico Madrid striker Falcao is to move back to the Spanish capital with Real, the door could be reopened for Hernandez to have another chance at United however it looks like a slim chance given that Van Gaal is reportedly chasing PSV’s Memphis Depay and is considering transforming winger Adnan Januzaj into a striker.

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