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Valencia eye Hernandez as Soldado replacement
Valencia want to take Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez on loan. The Spanish side have drawn up a shortlist of replacements for Roberto Soldado who is keen to join Tottenham but is also wanted by Liverpool. Valencia have a limited budget and that has prompted interest in Manchester City's young striker John Guidetti also. However, they have also targeted Hernandez in the hope he will relish the move as a chance for more regular game time. The Mexico striker has been used sparingly in the past 18 months following a head injury and then the arrival of Robin van Persie. He has also been discussed by Atletico Madrid and Juventus in recent months but has repeatedly said he wanted to stay at Old Trafford. Manager David Moyes is a big fan of the 23-year-old and will be reluctant to let him go, especially before United make their own big name purchases.
Many of today’s papers feature comments made by Moyes about the UEFA Champions League after the United manager explained how he plans to tackle the competition this season. “For me it will be a thrill,” The Sun quotes. “I’m going to have to learn a lot quickly and that’s where I’m looking to the likes of Ryan Giggs and a few players around me for the things which I need to be told about.”
Elsewhere, Thiago Alcantara’s dad Mazinho has claimed his son almost signed for the Reds prior to joining Bayern Munich earlier this month. “Thiago was very close to signing with Manchester United,’ he told Brazilian radio. “They watched him at the Under-21 European Champions, and after it was finished, they had talks. But they couldn’t find an agreement. Thiago knew it would be very hard to play matches at Barcelona, and his goal is to play with Spain at the 2014 World Cup.”