Author: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Friday 9 April 2010
United said Thursday the Mexico international has passed a medical examination and will cost an undisclosed fee. The 21-year-old Hernandez will become a United player on July 1 if he gets a work permit from the British government.
Since making his Chivas debut in September 2006, Hernandez has scored 26 goals. He has four goals in four games for Mexico - two against Bolivia, and one against North Korea and New Zealand.
“I am delighted to reach agreement with Chivas to bring such an exciting young striker, who has been in such prolific form for both his club and his country,” United manager Alex Ferguson said. “He will be a great addition to our squad and we look forward to welcoming our first Mexican player in the summer.” As part of the deal, United will play a preseason friendly at Chivas' new 45,000 seat stadium in Guadalajara in July - the first time the three-time European champions will have played in Mexico. United is also finalizing details of a tour of the United States in July.
Hernandez is known in Mexico by his nickname “Chicharito,” which translates roughly as “little sweet pea.” His father, who has the same name as his son, was known during his football career with Mexico club Tecos as “Chicharo,” or simply “sweet pea.” Hernandez, who turns 22 on June 1, scored eight goals in the first five games this season with Chivas, a Mexico first-division record.
The Mexico striker is in the middle of a break and will join the training camp set up next week for Mexico-based players who have been selected for the World Cup.
The need for a new striking option has been highlighted by United's reliance on Wayne Rooney, who had to play against Bayern Munich on Wednesday despite carrying an injured ankle that was hurt in the game as United was knocked out in the quarterfinals.
United won the game 3-2, but Bayern advanced on away goals after the score was locked at 4-4.
Hernandez will also be competing for a place up front with Michael Owen, who has had an injury-plagued first season at United, and 18-year-old Federico Macheda, who is still viewed as an impact substitute by Ferguson.
Four other Mexicans have featured prominently in the Premier League in recent years: Carlos Vela for Arsenal, Jared Borgetti for Bolton, Guillermo Franco for West Ham and Giovani Dos Santos for Tottenham and Ipswich Town.