West Ham bookmakers’ favourites to sign Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez

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Manchester United's Javier Hernandez is reported to be a target for two London clubs.

According to Sky Bet's latest prices, West Ham United are the favourites to sign unsettled Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez before the end of the current transfer window, with city rivals Tottenham Hotspur trailing closely behind.

Having spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, reports such as those in the Daily Mail suggest that Hernandez is fighting a battle to prove his worth at Old Trafford. Louis van Gaal has recently insisted, as reported by United's official website, that the Mexico international still has a future with the club, but a sizeable offer could prove too good for the Red Devils hierarchy to resist.

According to the Daily Mail and The Sun respectively, West Ham and Tottenham are both plotting £8million bids for the man who scored seven goals in 23 appearances for Madrid last season, and four goals in 24 games for Manchester United the year before that. 

The Spurs links are the more recent, so it is noteworthy that despite this week's claims, it is West Ham who remain out in front.

Despite reported interest from both sides, the bookmakers' latest offerings suggest that the Hammers - at 100/30 - edge the competition for the Mexican international's signature, while Spurs - at 7/2 - are also well in the running, as second favourites. 

Should 'Chicharito' be deemed surplus to requirements with his current side, both clubs would undoubtedly intensify their interest in his services. 

A player with proven ability in front of goal, Hernandez would be a tremendous asset to any side willing to offer him regular first-team football. With 37 goals in 2013 Premier League appearances for Manchester United, the highly-rated poacher will be hot property around Europe should be become officially available. 

Advantage West Ham

With little to split West Ham and Tottenham in terms of their European aspirations, the Mexico international is most likely to be convinced by the promise of regular first-team minutes and a playing style that suits him best.

This undoubtedly puts the Hammers in the driving seat, where he is far more likely to displace Diafra Sakho or Enner Valencia from the starting line-up than he would Harry Kane at White Hart Lane.

Furthermore, with the Hammers operating most regularly with two up-front, this is a system that is far more suitable to his talents. During his earlier days at Old Trafford, he was always seen to be most effective when playing in a two-man strike partnership.

Meanwhile, the club's impending move to the 60,000-seater Olympic Stadium in 2016-17 - which will occur several years before Spurs' new stadium is completed - could prove the final selling point. 

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