Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Hull hunting hitman Hernandez

Abel Hernandez could soon switch Palermo for Hull

Hull have turned to Palermo forward Abel Hernandez to plug the gap left by Shane Long's move to Southampton.

The 24-year-old Uruguay international, who played for his country at the World Cup, has become a prime target for Tigers manager Steve Bruce, who has abandoned interest in Blackburn's Jordan Rhodes.

Reports in Italy have suggested a deal worth around £9.5million for Hernandez is almost complete, however Bruce is looking at it from a more cautious perspective.

Bruce said, according to the Daily Express: "It's delicate, but if we can pull it off it will be a record for the club.

"He's a hell of a player, but there's work to be done. It would be a huge one for us."

Hull sold Long to Southampton for £12million earlier this month, after which they were linked with Rhodes, but Bruce said on Wednesday that potential deal was "dead and buried".

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