Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in signing Javier Hernandez according to the Daily Mirror but have been put off by the £15 million price tag.
If Gareth Bale is worth £95 million, then what is a 25-year-old striker who has the best goals per minute ratio (1 goal every 102.5 minutes) of any striker in the 2012/13 Premier League worth? A pretty penny more than £15 million.
There’s no chance that United would let Hernandez go and his attitude has never faltered despite his lack of game time. He is an extremely important team player and like fellow baby face assassin Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, his smile and approach to playing for United have made him a real fans’ favourite.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Tottenham have tried to sign a fringe striker from United. Back in 1998, they tried to lure Solskjaer to White Hart Lane but he rejected their advances to stay and we went on to win the treble the following season.
There are so many parallels to draw between Hernandez and Solskjaer, not least their baby faces, ability to score vital goals and infectious attitude toward donning the United shirt, so if he refuses a move to Tottenham it would only bring their characters even closer.
In a 1998 interview with Inside United, Solskjaer spoke about how close he came to moving to Tottenham but reiterated that it was never about the money and was always about the love of playing for United, something Hernandez has always had in abundance. Hands off, Levy.
How close were you to signing for Spurs? According to the papers on the day of the West Ham match, you already had…
Yes it was in the papers, but I never spoke to Spurs myself. My agent was talking to them, but I never felt like going down there. I wanted to try to stay at Man United.
Did it upset you that the club initially accepted the Spurs bid?
No, no, no. They accepted the fee if I wanted to go, but I didn’t want to. It all happened so quickly. It was in the press before I knew anything, but in the end it was all up to me and I decided to stay.
What put you off Spurs?
I don’t want to say that anything put me off Spurs. I just wanted to stay here. It’s the pride of playing for the best club in the country. I want to be part of that.
I understand you could have made £3 million straight away by signing for them…
Money is not my motive for playing football.