EXCLUSIVE | By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham are ready to rival West Ham and Bayer Leverkusen for the signature of Javier Hernandez, Football Insider sources understand.
Manchester United have told Hernandez he is free to find a new club in the final two days of the window even though Wayne Rooney is currently the only senior striker at Old Trafford.
West Ham are in talks with United about a £13.5million deal for the 27-year-old, who has one year remaining on his United contract, and Bundesliga club Leverkusen are also closely trailing him.
Sources have told Football Insider that Spurs are now weighing up a late Hernandez bid as they continue efforts to sign a No9 as back-up to Harry Kane.
The north Londoners made an enquiry for the Mexican earlier in the window and are still in the market for a centre-forward after accepting they are unlikely to prise Saido Berahino from West Brom before Tuesday evening’s deadline.
Spurs signed Son Heung-Min for £22million last week but the South Korean plays in one of the three attacking midfield positions behind the striker.
West Ham’s pursuit of Hernandez comes as they also close in on the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor on a season-long loan from Tottenham.
Manager Slaven Bilic wants to add more firepower to his attack and has sanctioned deals for both Hernandez and Adebayor.