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Andre Villas-Boas: 'I was close to signing Javier Hernandez'

Villas-Boas 'was close to signing Hernandez'
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Andre Villas-Boas reveals that he was close to signing Javier Hernandez when he was Tottenham Hotspur manager.

Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that he was close to signing Javier Hernandez when he was Tottenham Hotspur manager.

West Ham United striker Hernandez, who was playing for Manchester United at the time, netted 59 goals in 157 appearances for the Old Trafford club.

Villas-Boas told ESPN that he was an admirer of the Mexican international while at White Hart Lane, adding that talks eventually broke down between the pair.

"I was close to signing Chicharito, I still have a very good relationship with him," the 40-year-old said. "He always said: 'Coach, I'm going to fight for my position [at United] and I'll fight until the end.'

"I told him that he should give me an opportunity that he should come, but no. He believed in himself a lot and that also excited me.

"In the end we weren't able to come to an agreement."

Hernandez was sold to Bayer Leverkusen when Louis van Gaal became United manager, before the striker moved back to the Premier League with the Hammers last summer.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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