Report: Roberto Martinez wanted to sign Javier Hernandez during Everton spell

Belgium's head coach Roberto Martinez looks on during the WC 2018 football qualification football match between Belgium and Gibraltar, at the Dufrasne Stadium, on August 31, 2017 in...

Former Everton boss says he was a big fan of West Ham's Javier Hernandez during his Manchester United stint.

Belgium's head coach Roberto Martinez looks on during the WC 2018 football qualification football match between Belgium and Gibraltar, at the Dufrasne Stadium, on August 31, 2017 in...

ESPN report Roberto Martinez aspired to sign Javier Hernandez from Manchester United during his spell as Everton manager.

Current Belgium boss Martinez takes on Mexico and record goalscorer Hernandez this week in an international friendly and is looking forward to the challenge.

Martinez admitted he wanted to manage Hernandez but the opportunity never presented itself.

Mexico's Javier Hernandez and teammates pay tribute to the victims of the last earthquake during their World Cup 2018 qualifier football match against Trinidad & Tobago at the Alfonso...

Martinez told ESPN: "We've always followed him very closely because he's a player that surprised us a lot with the way he adapted at Manchester United and the way he finishes moves.

"He's a player with so much intelligence with his movement. It was never possible [to sign him], but yes he's been one of the players that we've followed closely."

Javier Hernandez of West Ham celebrates scoring his teams second goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on August 19, 2017 in...

Manchester United did sell Hernandez in 2014 to Bayer Leverkusen, at a time when Martinez was still Everton manager.

The Toffees did have Romelu Lukaku at the time and so the need for a striker was not as pronounced as their current situation.

Hernandez signed for West Ham in the summer from Leverkusen, and would have been a smart addition for the forward-needy Toffees.

The 29-year-old has four goals in 11 appearances for the struggling Hammers this season.

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