Liverpool reportedly put offer on the table for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez

Liverpool have been linked with an unlikely move for the Manchester United forward.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, Liverpool are interested in signing Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, with an offer allegedly on the table.

The transfer window – which let us not forget has not even officially opened yet – often throws up some unlikely scenarios, but the prospect of United selling the Mexican sharp-shooter to the Reds is surely among the least likely of all.

Hernandez spent last season on loan at Real Madrid and, with a contract that expires in the summer of 2016, United may well want to sell him now rather than lose him on a free 12 months down the line.

But strengthening a direct premier League rival – and a fierce long-term adversary at that – makes no sense and this rumour has to be taken not so much with a pinch of salt as a whole truckload of the stuff.

Hernandez has scored 59 goals in 154 matches for United and he remains a deadly finisher despite his lack of game-time in recent seasons.

The AS report claims that while Liverpool are said to be interested in the 27-year-old, United may not want to sell to them, leaving a move to Italy as a more likely alternative.

If Liverpool did manage to get their hands on Hernandez, he could add even more goal-threat to a side that recently signed Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino. But as we said, it seems highly unlikely.

And with United yet to strengthen up front Hernandez could yet have a part to play himself at Old Trafford next season.

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