By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa have submitted a stunning £20million bid for Hull striker Abel Hernandez, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Midlands giants have offered a package that includes £14million up front, £3million on Villa achievements and £3million for goals and appearances.
The total offer would smash the Championship record fee for a player, which already belongs to Villa when they signed Ross McCormack for £12million last month.
It is said the indications are that Hull could be willing to cash in on Hernandez as the Premier League minnows are expected to be active in the final days of the transfer market.
Villa’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 divisions.
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.
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, Xia has also responded to rumours that he is about to sign this Lazio playmaker.