Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez is being targeted by Inter Milan, according to Italian reports Getty

Javier Hernandez could be offered a way out of Old Trafforf by Inter Milan after the Mexico striker slid down the Manchester United pecking order.

Hernandez enjoyed a prolific start to his Old Trafford career, scoring 20 goals in his first season after joining the club in the summer of 2010.

But starting places became limited after the arrival of Robin Van Persie at United and Hernandez found himself demoted to the substitutes' bench for much of David Moyes' calamitous reign.

The unveiling of Louis Van Gaal has done little to reassure the 26-year-old of first team place as the Dutchman looks to rekindle his World Cup partnership with Van Persie as his striker.

He also faces stiff competition in attacking roles from Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney, but it remains to be seen how Van Gaal shapes United and which transfer targets he succeeds in signing.

According to Italian reports, Inter Milan now want to take Hernandez to the San Siro, where he would be reunited with former United captain Nemanja Vidic, who left for Italy at the end of last season.

La Gazzetta Dello Sport claims Inter are looking to add to their attacking line-up, with manager Walter Mazzarri viewing Hernandez as the perfect leading man.

Inter finished in fifth spot last season in Serie A and hope to build a squad that can reclaim Champions League qualification.

Fans' favourite Hernandez joined United from Guadalajara for £8m and quickly proved himself to be one of the Premier League's most lethal finishers.

He won the league title in his first season at Old Trafford but finished runner-up in the Champions League that year after United went down 3-1 to Barcelona at Wembley.