According to ESPN Deportes’ Jorge Ramos, there is mutual interest between the Mexico international and the San Jose Earthquakes, who are claimed to have the funds to splash out on a big-name signing ahead of the league’s transfer window opening next month.
The Earthquakes currently have all three Designated Player slots filled by captain Chris Wondolowksi, Matias Perez Garcia and Innocent Emeghara, respectively, but the anticipated introduction of the long-rumoured “core player” rule would allow teams to pay a fourth player above the league’s maximum wage restriction of $436,250 [£277,637.24].
Hernandez, 27, spent last season on loan at Real Madrid after falling out of favour at Old Trafford but was forced to settle for a bit-part role for most of the campaign, despite a decent scoring record of nine goals in 13 starts and 20 substitute appearances.
Real did have a reported £7.5 million purchase option on the former Chivas star but, having failed to exercise it, United are now expected to ship him out elsewhere this summer.
The out-of-favour front man, whose current deal expires in 2016, is not believed to be short of options, however, with the likes of West Ham United [h/t Daily Mail], Liverpool [h/t AS] and Tottenham Hotspur [h/t Telegraph] all named as possible suitors of late.
In addition, MLS has long-been mooted as a potential destination, with expansion side Orlando City SC even declaring their interest in his signature amid their search for attacking reinforcements.
Speaking to MLSSoccer.com in May on a rumoured approach for Hernandez, Orlando general manager Paul McDonough said: “If good players want to come to Orlando, we will always be willing to talk to them.
“I think he is the type of the player that would do well for many teams in the league. For us specifically, I believe he could come in and score a lot of goals, and help with all the opportunities we create throughout the course of the game.”
Nevertheless, with reports of San Jose’s interest since emerging, Orlando could well face competition in their bid to unite Hernandez with club captain and Brazilian superstar Kaka.
A major commercial draw in North America and entering the prime of his career, the 73-times capped forward's signing would be an enormous coup for MLS but, given all the European teams claimed to be considering bids, where his future lies still remains far from clear.