Premier League - Paper Round: Hernandez ready to quit United

Manchester United have one of the most potent collections of forwards in Europe, but could be about to lose a key weapon in Mexican striker Javier Hernandez.

Premier League - Paper Round: Hernandez ready to quit United

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Manchester United's Javier Hernandez celebrates his second goal against Braga during their Champions League Group H match at Old Trafford in Manchester (Reuters)

With Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie being the first choice partnership, Chicharito is now 'ready to quit' the club, according to the Daily Star - unless he gets more playing time.

There would be plenty of clubs around Europe interested in him too, with Atletico Madrid likely to lead the chase if their star asset Radamel Falcao leaves as expected in the summer.

The paper also says that Serie A side Fiorentina and Portuguese giants Porto would also be keen.

A source told the paper: "Javier is not content at the moment. The presence of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney makes life complicated for him there.”

Hernandez has scored nine goals this season in limited action and United would want close to double the £7m they paid for him if he did leave.

United have been linked with a move for Arsenal's Theo Walcott in January but Sir Alex Ferguson does not plan to sign anyone, according to the Mail on Sunday.

"I will not be bringing anybody in, in January - definitely not," the paper quotes him as saying.

"It means that while title rivals City are targeting Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente, Chelsea are ready to splash on Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao and Walcott and Liverpool want Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge and Tom Ince from Blackpool, the United boss will stick with what he has as the club chase a 20th league title," the paper adds.

One club that is expected to be busy in January is Arsenal and they are thinking about making a move for Parma’s Ghanaian midfielder Afriyie Acquah, according to the Sun.

The 20-year-old has been likened to a young Michael Essien and would cost around £8m.

Arsenal have also been boosted by the fact that Jack Wilshere is ready to sign a five-year contract at the club. (various)

Across North London, Andre-Villas Boas has been told he will not be allowed to spend big in January as Tottenham owner Joe Lewis tightens the purse strings. (Sunday People)

The Spurs boss hoped to sign Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho and Athletic Bilbao striker Llorente next month, while also eyeing Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian star Willian.

Instead he will have to hang on to the likes of Scott Parker and Michael Dawson, much to disappointment of QPR, who had hoped to sign the pair. (Mail on Sunday)

Rangers could have better luck when it comes to Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard, who would be keen on a January move across West London. (Sunday People)

Chelsea are considering a £12m move for Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao if Ashley Cole leaves. Cole’s future is in doubt with his contract running out and interim boss Rafa Benitez recently admitted he could be on his way out. (Daily Star Sunday)

Meanwhile, Diego Simeone's name has been added to the list of managers Chelsea will turn to if Pep Guardiola snubs Stamford Bridge. Simeone, 42, has done a superb job with Atletico and helped the club to a stunning 4-1 Super Cup success over Chelsea at the end of August, having won last season’s Europa League. (Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool are on trail of Galatasaray’s Burak Yilmaz. The striker has hit six Champions League goals this season plus 11 in the Turkish league. (The Sun)

Demba Ba will hit Arsenal and Liverpool with £90,000-a-week wage demands in January. Striker Ba has told Newcastle he will not sign another contract for anything less and is willing to risk ruining a switch to the Emirates or Anfield by making the same demands if his £7m release clause is met. (Sunday Mirror)

West Ham United are hoping to sign up to four players when the January transfer window opens, with strikers Martin Harnik and Marouane Chamakh high up on their list as they try to overcome an injury crisis. (Sunday Telegraph)

Finally, Mario Balotelli is taking Manchester City to a Premier League tribunal to overturn a £340,000 club fine. (Sunday Mirror)

The controversial Italian striker will appear before an independent two-man panel in London on Wednesday after being docked two weeks' wages by the champions.

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