Javier Hernández’s impressive scoring record in Germany could lead to two big English clubs attempting to bring the Mexico star back to the Premier League in the January transfer window, according to reports.

Hernández only left Manchester United to join Bayer Leverkusen 18 months ago, going on to score 26 goals in his debut season. But Liverpool and Tottenham are now weighing up moves for him ahead of the opening of the transfer window, the Daily Mirror reports.

The two clubs may not be alone in their interest in the 28-year-old, however. A return to Real Madrid, with whom Hernández spent a year on loan two seasons ago, was even mooted in October when one of the club’s directors said he would he would like him back at the Bernabeu.

Yet it is another club in Spain that may be leading the chase. Valencia is even willing to pay Hernández’s reported £33.5 million buyout clause, according to the Mirror’s story.

It is difficult to think that Hernández would be elated by the move. The club is languishing near the bottom of the Spanish Primera Division table, out of the relegation zone on only goal difference. And, while his current club has also endured a disappointing start to the season, it can still offer Champions League action.

Indeed, the fact that Leverkusen made it through to the knockout phase of club soccer’s most prestigious competition means any transfer for Hernández in January is highly unlikely. Leverkusen will take on Atlético Madrid over two legs when the competition resumes in February.

Still, it is certainly easy to see why clubs would be interested in his services. Although his scoring figures haven’t been quite as impressive this season as they were last term, he has shown since getting regular playing time in Germany that he remains one of the game’s most lethal penalty-box predators.

It is something that Tottenham, in particular, could find useful. Mauricio Pochettino’s side has, by a considerable margin, scored the fewest goals of the Premier League’s top five teams this season, with a heavy reliance put on Harry Kane. Summer signing Vincent Janssen has scored just once in the league, although a move for Hernández at this stage would constitute a massive early vote of no confidence in the Dutch forward.