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Manchester United to sign Mexican striker Hernandez

Javier Hernandez
Hernandez has scored four goals in four appearances for Mexico

Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign striker Javier Hernandez from Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara for an undisclosed fee.

The deal for the 21-year-old, who has scored four goals in four senior international appearances for Mexico, is subject to a work permit.

Personal terms have been agreed and Hernandez passed a medical this week.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: "I am delighted to have reached a deal to sign such an exciting young striker."

He added: "He has been in prolific form for both his club and his country. He will be a great addition to our squad and we look forward to welcoming our first Mexican player in the summer."


The club is to submit an application for Hernandez - who is known by the nickname Chicarito, which means 'little pea' - and if it is granted, he will become a United player on 1 July.

"I feel like I am living a dream," Hernandez told MUTV.

"All the impressions I have of the club are good and Sir Alex Ferguson is a great person, maybe the best coach in the world."

Should he, as expected, make Mexico's World Cup squad, United fans could be given their first glimpse of his talents when they take on England in a friendly at Wembley on 24 May.

"I hope to be at the World Cup," Hernandez commented.

"I have to work hard to win a place in the national team, then I might get a chance to play against England."

As part of the deal, United have agreed to play a match to open the new 45,000-capacity Chivas Stadium in Guadalajara as part of its 2010-11 season preparations.

Hernandez is United's second capture for next season having reached agreement to sign defender Chris Smalling from Fulham in January.

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