Southampton are reportedly keen on signing Javier Hernandez and have told Manchester United to include the striker as part of the deal for Luke Shaw during the summer transfer window.
The Daily Mail claims the Saints are looking to bolster their attacking options in the aftermath of Rickie Lambert's move to Liverpool. With Jay Rodriguez out for considerable months due to a knee injury and Dani Osvaldo expected to be sold due to disciplinary issues, they will be left with only one recognised striker in 18-year-old Sam Gallagher.
United have been pursuing Shaw for a long time, but have failed to arrive at a successful conclusion either with the player or with the Saints' hierarchy. Southampton want to utilise the Manchester club's interest to their advantage by demanding the Mexican international in addition to the amount being offered.
The left back starred for the Saints throughout the season making 35 starts in the Premier League. The youngster's performances prompted Roy Hodgson to make the starlet a part of his 23-man England squad for the World Cup.
The 20-time English champions were believed to have made a £27m bid for Shaw but a report from the Daily Express suggests that the Hampshire based club are willing to sell the 18-year-old only if a bid of £30m is tabled.
Hernandez largely played a peripheral role at Old Trafford making just 13 starts in all competitions during the 2013/14 campaign. The 26-year-old has been urged to leave his current employers by Mexico's boss Miguel Herrera, with Inter Milan and Valencia thought to be lurking for his signature.
Incoming United boss Louis van Gaal reportedly wants the club to conclude deals for at least four of his top targets when he arrives at Old Trafford after completing his duties with Netherlands at the World Cup in Brazil.
Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is looking to strengthen his midfield and has zeroed in on Southampton skipper Adam Lallana, as he prepares his side for Champions League next season.
As both United and Liverpool are looking to raid St Mary's to bolster their respective squads during the summer transfer window, Southampton's hierarchy have handed them setbacks in pursuit of their potential targets.
Since they are currently without a manager after Mauricio Pochettino switched his allegiance to Tottenham Hotspur, the club issued a statement by denying the possibility of selling their star players until a suitable replacement for the Argentinean is appointed.