Hernandez may become a Saint

Southampton have sold so many of its best players in recent years that it is a wonder it is challenging for a Champions League spot, but at least the English Premier club is trying to buy a quality striker in Real Madrid’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez to maintain its challenge.

The Saints have joined West Ham in tracking Hernandez who will leave Madrid this summer after an unhappy spell there since being loaned out from Manchester United last year.

The 26-year-old Mexican’s season-long loan has not seen the regular first team action he hoped for. He has only started once in La Liga and scored only four times in a total of 18 appearances.

Spurs, Stoke and Everton are also keen on Hernandez. United boss Louis van Gaal is not interested in his return to Old Trafford.

Southampton have surprised many again this term with their great league form, but have faded recently, scoring just twice in their last six matches and dropping out of the top four, although they remain in contention.

Saints boss Ronald Koeman laments not signing a striker in January as Graziano Pelle has scored only once in his last 14 games.

Long-term injured striker Jay Rodriguez was expected to return from knee injury, but he may not be ready for another couple of months yet.

Shane Long, signed for $15 million last August, has managed only four goals this season.

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Javier Hernandez may join Southampton. – PHOTO: AP
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