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Javier Hernandez reacts after falling while shooting a penalty and missing it during the UEFA Champions League playoff football match between Club Brugge and Manchester United at Jan Breydel Stadium in Bruges, August 26, 2015. PHOTO/AFP

Javier Hernandez reacts after falling while shooting a penalty and missing it during the UEFA Champions League playoff football match between Club Brugge and Manchester United at Jan Breydel Stadium in Bruges, August 26, 2015. PHOTO/AFP

LONDON, August 31- Bayer Leverkusen signed Mexico striker Javier Hernandez from Manchester United for a reported fee of £7.3 million ($11 million, 9.9 million euros) on Monday.

Hernandez, who spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, agreed a three-year contract with the Bundesliga club just in time to beat the deadline on the last day of the German transfer window.

Also out of Old Trafford is goalkeeper, Anders Lindegaard after West Bromwich Albion signed the goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club confirmed on Monday.

The 27-year-old was on the bench for United’s 2-1 defeat at Swansea City on Sunday, but he hadn’t started for the Premier League team for more than a year.

He returned to United in the close-season after scoring nine goals during his spell with Real, including the winner in their Champions League quarter-final against rivals Atletico Madrid, but manager Louis van Gaal has allowed him to leave permanently this time.

“I know two of the biggest leagues in Europe in the English Premier League and the Primera Division in Spain and now I want to experience the Bundesliga,” Hernandez told Leverkusen’s website.

“I’ve heard a lot about the fantastic stadia in Germany and about the unique fans they have there.

“The Bundesliga is an extremely attack-minded league and it’s particularly enticing for me.

“It’s fantastic that I can now play for a club like Leverkusen, who are obviously known to me from the Champions League.

“Bayer Leverkusen is a big opportunity for me and I can and want to achieve a lot here.”

Leverkusen were drawn alongside Barcelona, Roma and BATE Borisov in Group E of the Champions League last week and Hernandez is being relied on to help the his new side make an impact in Europe’s elite club competition.

The club’s general manager Michael Schade said: “After we finally secured our place in the Champions League, we wanted to send out a clear signal with our attack, and we’ve succeeded in doing this with Javier Hernandez.”

Hernandez scored 59 goals in 156 appearances for United after signing from Chivas in 2010 and won the Premier League title in 2011 and 2013.

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Manchester United's Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, pictured on April 9, 2014, agreed to a two-year contract with West Bromwich Albion. PHOTO/AFP

Manchester United’s Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, pictured on April 9, 2014, agreed to a two-year contract with West Bromwich Albion. PHOTO/AFP

Albion manager Tony Pulis moved for the Danish international Lindergaard after deciding not to meet Cardiff’s valuation of their goalkeeper David Marshall.

Lindegaard agreed a two-year contract with Albion after being told by United boss Louis van Gaal that he would be allowed to leave.

“Since moving to England I’ve been impressed with how well West Brom have done in the Premier League,” Lindegaard told Albion’s website.

“I had a good chat with Tony Pulis – I must call him the ‘gaffer’ now – and he convinced me it would be a good move for me and the club.

“I am very happy to join and hope I can make a big contribution this season.”

The 31-year-old, who joined United from Norwegian club Aalesund in 2011, found his first-team chances limited at Old Trafford and he made the last of his 29 appearances 16 months ago against Newcastle.

Lindegaard is the third player to move from United to Albion this year, following Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher and Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, who completed his switch to the Hawthorns on Saturday.

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