Javier Hernandez headlines our Rumour Mill as West Ham forward refuses to confirm Hammers stay

David Cooper - Writer 10:40 06/04/2018
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Former Red Devils hotshot: Hernandez.

Though the summer transfer window is still a few months away, that hasn’t stopped the rumours of various players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen when the market reopens in June.

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JAVIER HERNANDEZ

The West Ham striker is set to leave the Olympic Stadium in the summer after just one campaign with the east London outfit.

In an interview with American Spanish-language network Univision, the 29-year-old former Manchester United and Real Madrid star refused to confirm he would stay beyond this term and will assess his situation once the season draws to a close.

The Mexico hitman, who joined the Hammers from Bayer 04 Leverkusen, has endured a hit and miss nine months so far in England.

However, he has still found the back of the net on seven occasions in the Premier League and impressed boss David Moyes in recent weeks, with West Ham still to secure their top-flight safety.

Hernandez, who has two years remaining on his contract, almost left the club in January but Moyes blocked the move to preserve much-needed firepower.

SWANSEA, WALES - MARCH 03: Javier Hernandez of West Ham United arrives prior to the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Ham United at Liberty Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Hernandez hasn’t enjoyed a great return to the Premier League.

MATEO KOVACIC

Inter Milan are lining up a summer move for their former midfielder, who is currently plying his trade with Real Madrid, according to Italian news outlet Calciomercato.

The 23-year-old Los Blancos star has impressed when called upon by Zinedine Zidane in the Champions League this season but ultimately failed to secure a first-team berth on a consistent basis.

Now, it seems, the Croatian will seek to end his three-year stay in the Spanish capital and re-sign for Nerazzurri – the club where he enjoyed success between 2012 and 2015.

Madrid, though, could decide to keep him as a back-up with there being doubts over Isco’s form and the future of Dani Ceballos.

TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 03: Juan Cuadrado (L) of Juventus FC is challenged by Mateo Kovacic of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One match between Juventus and Real Madrid at Allianz Stadium on April 3, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Mateo Kovacic came on late in the quarter-final first leg in Turin.

LEONARDO BITTENCOURT

Tottenham have turned their attentions to the in-form FC Koln wide-man, Kicker reports.

The 24-year-old has been watched by Spurs scouts this term but the north London side face competition from Ligue 1 giants Monaco for his signature.

Bundesliga outfit FC Koln are currently six points adrift from safety in the German top-flight, with Bittencourt having a cutprice €8 million (Dh36m) release clause in his contract should they fail to avoid relegation.

The ex-Borussia Dortmund prodigy has played at various youth levels for Germany but not yet featured in the full set-up.

COLOGNE, GERMANY - MARCH 18: Leonardo Bittencourt #21 of 1.FC Koeln controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Koeln and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at RheinEnergieStadion on March 18, 2018 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Bittencourt is trying to keep the Cologne-based side in the Bundesliga.

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