By Harvey Byrne
Aston Villa have been told that Hull striker Abel Hernandez could join them if they adjust their figures in their £20million offer, according to a reliable journalist.
Alan Nixon, who has a transfer column in the Sun following decades at the Daily Mirror, has revealed on his personal Twitter account that the Midlands side could sign Hernandez if they offer more guaranteed money, instead of bonuses, in their pursuit of the Uruguay international.
This claim follows reports from the Daily Mail that Villa have put together a package of £14million plus £3million of add-ons to tempt Hull into selling the striker.
However, Nixon claims that the bid is £20million and states that the Premier League side aren’t keen on the performance-related add-ons.
The Championship club have been given hope of pushing through the deal as Hull have lined up Bristol City star Jonathan Kodjia to replace Hernandez.
Villa’s offer for Hernandez would smash the Championship record fee for a player, which already belongs to Villa when they signed Ross McCormack for £12million last month.
The Villa Park club’s bid comes after the 26-year-old declared that he wouldn’t hesitate over a move to the Midlands club, even though a move would see the former Palermo striker drop a division.
The forward was Hull’s top goalscorer last term, with his 22 strikes in 45 matches in all competitions crucial to the club earning promotion via the play-offs.
Hernandez joined Hull from Italian side Palermo in 2014 for a club-record fee of £10million, but the Uruguayan subsequently struggled in Premier League as they were relegated into the second-tier in the 2014-15 season.
Hernandez has started all three of the Tigers’ league matches this season as caretaker manager Mike Phelan has steered the team to an against-the-odds series of results.
The Uruguay international has global pedigree as he scored for his country at this summer’s Copa America and has scored 11 goals in 27 matches for his country.
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 McCormack from Championship rivals Fulham, but Villa owner Tony Xia has hinted in recent weeks that there will be more signings at Villa Park, via his Twitter account.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Lazio manager Filippo Inzaghi has confirmed that Ravel Morrison is on the transfer list.