Transfer news: Arsenal could turn to Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez to provide cover for Olivier Giroud

The Mexican is unsettled at Old Trafford after finding his first team chances limited with Arsene Wenger keen to add a new striker to his squad

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has emerged as a reported target for Arsenal as they continue their search for a striker to provide cover for Olivier Giroud.

The Frenchman has been in lethal form so far this season, having netted five times in the Premier League and three further times in other competition. However, he has started all but two of their matches this campaign and fans are concerned that should anything happen to the striker, there is inadequate cover to maintain their Premier League title challenge.

Having failed in his attempts to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in the summer, Wenger has seen hopes of signing Fernando Llorente seem to disappear after Juventus’ director general Giuseppe Marotta said he would not be leaving Italy anytime soon.

However, 'Chicharito' has already spoken that he could look to leave Old Trafford if first team opportunities remain hard to come by – although he didn’t do himself any favours when he missed from six-yards out after David Moyes handed him a rare start in their Champions League draw with Real Sociedad.

The Gunners have had Hernandez scouted extensively as well as his team-mate Wayne Rooney, although the prime target for Wenger remains Suarez. The 64-year-old Frenchman appears to have accepted that the Reds will not sell Suarez in January, and remain determined to qualify for the Champions League in an effort to keep him at Anfield in the summer.

Hernandez is renowned for his goalscoring instinct, which has seen him score 54 times for United in 125 appearances – the majority of which have come from the substitute’s bench.

He caused a stir last week when his official Twitter account retweeted a story in which his Mexican team-mate Carlos Vela called for him to seek a move away from the United in search of regular action.

Arsenal are also reported to be monitoring Brazilian right-back Fabinho, who is currently on-loan with AS Monaco from Rio Ave. His performances in Ligue 1 this season have caught the eye of the Gunners’ former defender and French-based scout Gilles Grimandi.

Concerns have arisen over the future of current defender Bacary Sagna, who is stalling on signing a new contract with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season. Such is Wenger’s policy of offering just a one-year extension when a player exceeds 30-years of age, the 30-year-old could find himself on his way out of the Emirates if he fails to agree a new deal.

Fellow Brazilians Boschilia and Nathan, who scored 11 goals between them at the Fifa Under-17 World Cup which is currently taking place in the United Arab Emirates – Brazil were knocked out in the quarter-finals by today’s finalist Mexico – with chief scout Steve Rowley keeping tabs on the young duo.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness