Strange claims of Newcastle move for Abel Hernandez
Newcastle United have now been linked with an end of season move for Abel Hernandez.
I have already used up all my fingers and toes keeping count of the possible signings and that is only today….
However, this Hernandez one is a little bit stranger than most of the rest.
Hull paid around £10m for the Uruguayan international striker when he moved from Palermo last summer.
Now it is the Italian media suggesting he may move on again after struggling at Hull, with website Tutto Mercato Web claiming an exclusive, that Newcastle are looking to sign the striker with West Ham also showing interest.
Moving from Uruguay to Italy as a teenager, over six years Abel Hernandez only scored 17 goals in 83 Serie A appearances. However, it was his 14 goals in 28 Serie B matches for Palermo last season that sparked the interest and £10m from Hull.
Ironically, Hernandez was dropped after appearing against Newcastle in that 3-0 win in January, with only three league goals all season he’d shown very little.
However, after a few decent shows from the bench, Abel Hernandez was recalled to the team on Sunday and was unlucky to lose to Chelsea. A good team performance deserved better, as did Hernandez’ all round display with the bonus of his fourth goal of the season in the Premier League.
The 24 year old forward is used mainly as an impact sub from the bench for Uruguay but it is unlikely that he will settle for that at Hull.
It could be a Mike Ashley type deal, gambling on a player who has underperformed, but the last thing Newcastle need is yet another striker who can’t score goals.
Much may depend on Hull and Hernandez’ form in the remaining matches but yet again it is hard to envisage Mike Ashley paying the going rate for a striker(s) who ticks all the boxes.
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