By Harvey Byrne

Rudy Gestede is a target for Hull, with Abel Hernandez possibly heading in Aston Villa’s direction, according to a report.

The Sun have claimed that Tigers boss Mike Phelan is interested in a move for the Villa 28-year-old.

It is stated that Steve Bruce’s former assistant will think about allowing striker Hernandez a move to reunite with his old Hull boss.

Gestede has struggled to hit consistent form for the midlands outfit this season and has netted just three goals in 13 encounters in all competitions.

However, it is stated that the eight-time capped Benin international is keen on a return to England’s top flight after joining Tim Sherwood’s Villa side for £6million in the summer of 2015.

Uruguay international Hernandez is equally struggling for form for a battling Hull side.

The 26-year-old has managed to score just one goal this season in 11 fixtures, as his team move increasingly close to the drop in 18th place.

By contrast, he netted an impressive 22 goals in 45 encounters under Bruce last season as the Tigers won promotion via the play-offs.

The January window will be Bruce’s first transfer period in charge of the club and he will be looking at players who he thinks can guide them back to the top flight.

Football Insider verdict:

Hernandez is clearly not good enough for the Premier League with just five goals in 35 fixtures during his two spells in the top division. Aston Villa are looking to win a place back into England’s top flight and it may not be wise to bring in an international, who will be on big wages for what could be half a season worth of football. The Midlands outfit will be in need of a striker when attackers Jordan Ayew, Albert Adomah and Jonathan Kodjia leave for the African Cup of Nations in January. However, they should cash in on the out-of-form Gestede and look for a better, younger option elsewhere to replace him.

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