Report: Manchester United's Javier Hernandez still considering MLS move, Orlando City boss declares interest

The Mexican striker, who is on a season-long loan at Real Madrid, could consider a switch to the US if no big European clubs come in for him this summer.

Manchester United-owned Javier Hernandez has not ruled out a summer move to MLS, according to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl.

Hernandez, 26, joined Real Madrid on a season-long loan in September after falling out of favour at Old Trafford but has been forced to settle for a bit-part role for most of the campaign, making just 13 starts in 30 total appearances, while adding eight goals.

Real do have a €10 million purchase option on the Mexican striker but, despite being more involved of late – starting the past six La Liga games and scoring the goal that took them to the Champions League semi-finals, the Spanish giants not expected to make his spell permanent.

Instead, it’s likelier that Hernandez, whose United deal expires in 2016, will return to Manchester this summer, when his parent club will again attempt to offload him to one of a number of reported suitors.

The likes of Everton, Southampton, Stoke City and West Ham United are all said to be interested in his signature, per the Daily Mail, but Wahl claims that a stateside switch is not out of the question either.

Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague reported last month that the former Chivas star had received offers from MLS and now Wahl adds that he would consider a move across the Atlantic if no big European clubs come in for him.

One MLS side who would be more than keen on working out a deal for Hernandez is Orlando City SC, who the Daily Mail have also named as potential destination for the diminutive front man.

While the expansion franchise boast Brazilian superstar Kaka at their disposal, their lack of a proven goalscorer has contributed to a slow start to their inaugural MLS campaign, and head coach Adrian Heath has admitted to SI that “Chicharito” would solve a lot of issues.

“I think if we could get Chicharito, our ownership would do it,” he is quoted as declaring.

Make no mistake - Hernandez’s standing back in North America would see him become one of the biggest draws in MLS were he to join the league but, considering the reported interest in him across Europe, Orlando fans would be wise to hold their excitement over a potential partnership with Kaka for now.

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