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Javier Hernandez acquires permit to seal Man Utd move

Demy De Zeeuw (l) and Javier Hernandez
Hernandez (r) made it five goals in 10 appearances for Mexico on Wednesday

Mexico striker Javier Hernandez has sealed his move to Manchester United from Chivas de Guadalajara after the Home Office granted a work permit.

The 22-year-old, who is set to travel with his country to this summer's World Cup finals, had agreed terms with United and passed a medical in April.

United have not disclosed the fee for Hernandez, but he is believed to have cost somewhere in the region of £6-8m.

He will officially join the Red Devils on 1 July.

The diminutive forward - affectionately known in Mexico as 'Chicharito', which roughly translates as 'little sweet pea' - scored in Mexico's 2-1 friendly defeat to the Netherlands in Freiburg, Germany on Wednesday.

He also featured in the second half of his country's previous friendly, the 3-1 reverse at the hands of England at Wembley on Monday.


When the deal was initially struck, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson described Hernandez as "an exciting young striker".

"He has been in prolific form for both his club and his country," Ferguson added at the time. "He will be a great addition to our squad."

Hernandez is scheduled to join Ferguson's squad in mid-July for the Philadelphia leg of United's pre-season tour of the United States and Canada.

And on 30 July he is scheduled to appear against his former club Chivas in a match to open their new 45,000-seat stadium.

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