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According to to reports, Javier Hernandez is wanted in both Spain and Italy.

Alex Livesey

The purge is gathering speed. According to various reports (like this one in the Mirror) Manchester United striker Javier Hernández is wanted by both Juventus and Valencia.

Apparently there is still some work to be done on the fees: both clubs have bid around £10m, while United are looking for more like £14m. But with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie ahead of him in the pecking order, with his form and touch having deserted him, and with the ultra-exciting James Wilson starting to make waves, it looks very much like Hernández's time at Old Trafford is coming to a close.

While his form was pretty miserable for most of last season (though he wasn't alone in that) and and while it might be the right time for him to move on, it's worth remembering just how good he was in his first season, 2010/11. He scored 20 goals in 45 games as United won their 19th title and made their run to the Champions League final. But more important than that, he scored a goal with the back of his head.

With the back of his head. On purpose.

As for his destination, while a deal with Juventus raises the possibility that he might count towards a deal for Arturo Vidal, surely Valencia would be the better option for Hernández himself. If he needs anything at this stage, it's to get playing football again, and sitting on the bench waiting for Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente to knacker themselves doesn't seem like the best path.