By Amir Mir
Tony Xia has claimed Aston Villa have not tied up the signing of Hull striker Abel Hernandez because he does not have a release clause in his contract or a manager.
The Hull Daily Mail, citing the Times, claimed at the end of July that the Championship club had made a bold move in an attempt to land the Tigers’ club record £10 million signing.
But Villa owner Xia revealed when responding to a supporter on Twitter that there were major stumbling blocks to signing the prolific Uruguayan.
Urged to activate Hernandez’s reported release clause, Xia responded: “Unfortunately he doesn’t have a release clause. They don’t have a manager so don’t shout out.”
Here is Xia responding to a supporter’s request on his personal Twitter account.
Hernandez joined Hull from Italian side Palermo in 2014 for a club-record fee of £10million, but the Uruguayan subsequently struggled in the top-tier of English football as they were relegated into the second-tier in 2014-15.
However, the highly-sought forward notched 20 goals last term as Hull made an instant return to the Premier League via the play offs which has attracted the interest of Villa.
The Premier League club, who currently are without a manager following the exit of Steve Bruce, will want to keep their star striker as they bid to secure safety in what is likely to be a difficult season.
Villa have openly spoken about adding a striker to their ranks after relegation last term which saw them find the net on only 27 occasions.
Roberto Di Matteo’s side recently purchased striker Ross McCormack from Championship rivals Fulham for a fee of £12 million, but the Villa owner has hinted in recent weeks that there will be more in-comings at Villa Park.
The Midlands club lost their opening Championship fixture 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday last Sunday as Di Matteo plans instant promotion back to the Premier League after relegation last term.
Di Matteo will now plan for a trip to League Two Luton in the EFL Cup on Wednesday evening as the Italian searches for his first win as Villa boss.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club’s owner has claimed they will sign a player in this positon by Saturday.