Manchester United Considering Moves For Leicester And West Ham United Forwards As Zlatan Ibrahimovic Replacement

Jamie Vardy

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United have made an inquiry over the availability of Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy and West Ham United forward Javier Hernandez.

The gaffer is said to be keen on acquiring a new centre-forward given that Romelu Lukaku is the only fit No.9 he has got. What has fuelled further speculation is Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s current form. A former Sweden international, Ibrahimovic made his comeback from that horrific knee injury way before expected but hasn’t lived up to the billing as of yet.

As things stand now, he’s out injured for at least another month and with the Champions League football to focus on, a certain reinforcement is required because let’s all be honest, Lukaku cannot play every minute for United in both the Premier League and the Champions League.

This has brought Mourinho down to two viable options; Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and West Ham United’s outcast, Javier Hernandez. The Telegraph understands that the Foxes will demand as much as £35m for Vardy while things are utterly different for Hernandez at West Ham.

Famously snubbed by David Moyes during his time at Manchester United, a similar fate has followed the Mexico international at London despite impressing one and all in the early parts of the season.

Amidst all this, Manchester United are also said to be working keen on bringing Arsenal stalwart, Alexis Sanchez – who according to the reports, is willing to make a move this month. But as far as this transfer is concerned, the Red Devils face a tough competition from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and even the player himself is preferring a move to the Etihad given his previous working relationship with Pep Guardiola.

However, if this recent report from the Guardian is to be believed, United have been given a massive boost in this speculation given that City are unwilling to pay the overall price for signing the Chilean forward this month. City went as far as £60m for Sanchez over the summer, but with Arsenal playing hardball, the Sky Blues were left utterly red-faced.

A brief breakdown from the Sky Sports quotes that Arsenal are demanding a £35m fee for the South American, while his agent is demanding £5m on top, which makes him worth £40m in total, and this is exactly what City are unwilling to pay. His £250,000-a-week wage demand is huge too. However, Manchester United need to be very subjective while exploring their options.

Jamie Vardy has already turned 31 on Thursday (11 January) and Hernandez will be 30 by the start of the next season and hence with all due respect, signing this aforementioned duo will be nothing less than playing a gamble.