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Leeds United reportedly interested in Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez

Hull City striker is a free agent in June

Hull City v Queens Park Rangers - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images

Leeds United are reportedly interested in a summer deal for Hull City striker Abel Hernandez. The 27 year-old Uruguay national team striker is available on a free transfer in June as his contract is up and he will be a free agent.

Leeds have been searching for a replacement for Chris Wood since his transfer to Burnley last August, and after the loan deal for Hamburger SV striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga didn’t turn out the way that everyone would have hoped, Leeds must go back to the drawing board and look for alternatives.

Hernandez has a remarkable Championship scoring record, having scored eight goals and assisting on two others in 10 appearances this season. When Hull City were in the Championship in 2015-16, Hernandez helped fire the team to promotion with 20 goals and two assists in 39 matches.

The only question mark about Hernandez is his ability to stay fit, but make no mistake, when he’s fit, he’s one of the best strikers in the Championship, bar none. This would show a remarkable amount of intent by the brass at Elland Road, as a signature of Hernandez’s stature would surely indicate a drive for promotion. He joined Hull from Palermo in a £10 million deal, and a £20 million transfer to Aston Villa broke down over personal terms two summers ago.

Hernandez has reportedly turned down a lucrative contract to stay at Hull, so it appears that the Uruguay striker intends on going to a team with a hope of promotion. Getting a player such as Hernandez on a free transfer would be a transfer coup of epic proportions.