Report: Orlando City want Manchester United's Javier Hernandez but face Premier League competition

Javier Hernandez

The MLS expansion club are said to have made enquiries for the Mexican striker but could be forced to compete with the likes of Everton, Southampton, Stoke and West Ham United for his signature.

Orlando City SC are keen on a move for Manchester United misfit Javier Hernandez, according to the Daily Mail, but face stiff competition from Premier League clubs.

Hernandez, 26, joined Real Madrid on a season-long loan in September after falling out of favour at Old Trafford but has struggled to hold down a place in Carlo Ancelotti’s star-studded squad, failing to start a single league game.

While Real have the option to make his spell permanent in the summer, he now looks all but certain to return to Manchester, when his parent club will again attempt to offload him.

Hernandez has in fact been linked with a switch to MLS in the recent past, with Goal USA’s Ives Galarcep reporting this winter that the league had offered him a lucrative contract and that both the LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire were two possible destinations.

The Fire’s head coach, Frank Yallop, even acknowledged their interest in the Mexican striker at the time but told the Chicago Sun Times that the “astronomical fee” required had nixed the chances of a deal.

Nevertheless, Orlando are not said to have been deterred and, according to the Mail, have even made enquiries over the past week about bringing the former Chivas star back to North America.

While the expansion side boast captain Kaka at their disposal, their start to their inaugural MLS campaign has been a somewhat frustrating one due to a lack of firepower up top, which has seen them win just one of their first five games.

Hernandez’s potential arrival would not just benefit matters on the pitch, though, as his reputation on the continent would also provide a huge commercial windfall for the Florida-based outfit, who have a sizeable Latin-American fanbase.

There’s a strong argument to make that his addition would even dwarf the recent signings of David Villa, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Kaka for that reason, although there remains strong European interest in the £8 million-rated forward.

The Mail add that Southampton, Stoke, West Ham United, and Everton are all weighing up summer moves, while Wolfsburg, AC Milan, Lazio and Inter Milan could also enter the race.

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