Javier Hernandez transfer latest: West Ham target is the 'second striker' at Manchester United, says Louis van Gaal

Doesn't seem likely that Hernandez will leave

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has hinted that Javier Hernandez will stay at the club during this transfer window.

West Ham have been linked with a £12million move for the Mexican striker, who spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, but the United are short of options up front and Van Gaal sees Hernandez as his first reserve.

"No, the (first) striker is [Wayne] Rooney, Hernandez is the second striker and he knows that," Van Gaal said when asked if he will leave.

Van Gaal's main focus is on bringing in new players before the window shuts.

The Dutchman is keen to push through a deal for Pedro, who scored the winner for Barcelona in their Uefa Super Cup win over Sevilla in Georgia on Tuesday night.

There could be at least one more signing before September 1, but Van Gaal will not enter the market just for the sake of it.

"It is always our aim to improve our squad and when it is possible we shall do it," he said.

"But we will only buy when it is a contribution to the selection."

Additional reporting from PA