Slaven Bilic coy on Javier Hernandez links

by Robbie Dunne

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has refused to be drawn on transfer speculation regarding the club’s reported interest in Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez.

The Hammers are reportedly preparing an £8m move for the Mexican striker in order to provide cover for the oft-injured Andy Carroll, Diafro Sahko and Enner Valencia.

Hernandez is aware that he will be sold this summer but it remains to be seen whether United would be willing to sell to a team in the same league as them.

Bilic refused to comment on the rumours surrounding Hernandez but didn’t rule a move out.

“I will not disturb the players who are not part of West Ham. We are trying to be active, we are trying to improve our squad,” he said.

“If we can bring some players in that can lift us up, then definitely. But we already have a good team. I’m going to discuss it inside the club, of course.”

Hernandez is not seen as a poor player by United fans but he does not fit into the kind of team that Louis van Gaal is currently building.

Van Gaal likes technically gifted players and the 27-year-old offers little in terms of build-up play. He is more of a poacher than a creative force who can also scores goals.

However, United would be wise not to sell to another team in the Premier League. Hernandez certainly feels like he has a lot to offer and could come back to haunt United in their hunt for domestic honours next term.

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