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Revealed: Man United pulled plug on sale of wantaway striker - Report

Nobody in the Manchester United camp has particularly enjoyed the David Moyes era - especially Javier Hernandez.

The Mexican has been handed just four starts by the Scot to hit the back of the net twice over the course of the campaign, struggling for minutes even as the Red Devils have been struck by injury.

Last week the 25-year-old’s situation became only more complicated as he picked up a knee injury against Nigeria on international duty, ruling him out for the weekend’s win over West Brom.

Reports in the aftermath of the victory spoke of an imminent summer move to Inter alongside outgoing captain Nemanja Vidic - debate having long raged this term over whether the striker should be kept at Old Trafford.

And according to a source hailing from the nation Chicharito has only just been linked with a move to, he already nearly departed Manchester last month for a new adventure in Russia.

TuttoMercatoWeb have maintained that Rubin Kazan were in hot pursuit of the diminutive hit man with the Russian transfer window remaining open in February - viewing his signature as attainable.

The Italian website has further contended that an agreement was in place between United and Rubin that would see Hernandez join the Russian club for €10m on a four-year, €3m per season deal.

However, the Glazer family would reportedly pull the plug on the move from abroad as negotiations reached a critical stage, ending the Mexico international’s chances of securing an exit during the current campaign.

Hernandez is believed to still desire a fresh start away from the club he initially came to Europe with in the summer of 2010, with TMW suggesting that super agent Jorge Mendes is at work on shipping Hernandez off to Valencia in the summer.

The situation remains open though Hernandez appears to be edging ever closer to the door at United, his future at Old Trafford under Moyes in question with not much progress made over the course of the campaign.

It remains to be seen where the 25-year-old will end up - Inter and Valencia seemingly the favourites at present - but if the United hierarchy’s ultimate unwillingness to sell him to Rubin, it looks as if the Mancunians will look to recoup as much value as possible to allow Hernandez to walk.

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