Jose Mourinho Reveals Why He Turned Down Bringing Javier Hernandez Back To Old Trafford

The Manchester United favourite has moved to West Ham

Former Manchester United favourite Javier Hernandez has just signed for West Ham for a very reasonable fee of £16 million, in the only deal this season that hasn't broken the world transfer record.

The 29-year-old is a proven goal-scorer. At Bayer Leverkusen he managed 39 goals in 76 games, and for United before that he managed decent tallies without being a starter.

So why is it that Jose Mourinho passed up the chance to bring one of Old Trafford's chirpiest sons back on a budget deal?

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Reporters asked the manager during a press conference on Tuesday, and he was firm on the issue.

"No, because he left the club a few years ago," Mourinho said. "I'm not sure that it was his decision or the manager's decision.

"But he's a good player, he's a player that will always score goals, he is a player that I would always welcome in my squad because he doesn't need many minutes on the pitch to score a goal.

"We moved in another direction in a younger player in Lukaku, and we have Rashford that can also be a striker, originally he's a striker, so we didn't feel that need.

"But no doubt for West Ham to get a player with his experience and quality is very, very good. "

Can't say fairer than that (until he splashes £200 million on a back-up striker, that is).