Aston Villa given striker boost as target is eager to quit club - report
By Harry Sykes
Abel Hernandez is keen to quit Hull amid interest from Aston Villa, according to a report.
The Sun claim the 26-year-old striker is eager to leave the Premier League club due to their problems after Steve Bruce abruptly left earlier in the summer.
The Uruguay international was the Tigers’ top scorer last season, notching up a total of 22 goals in 45 appearances.
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 £12million, but they have been strongly linked with Chelsea’s Patrick Bamford and Huddersfield’s Nakhi Wells in recent days.
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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.
He has also started Hull’s opening two matches of the new season, which yielded shock victories against Leicester and Swansea.
Presenter of Uruguayan radio show Sport 890, Sebas Giovanelli, quoted via his Twitter account last week that Hernandez wouldn’t “doubt” or “hesitate” if he received a phone call from the Midlands club.
His tweet of Hernandez’ view on interest from the Midlands club is translated as: “No hesitation if I called Aston Villa, no doubts if Aston Villa called me.”
— Sebas Giovanelli (@SebasGiovanelli) August 9, 2016
This comes after 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.
Moreover, BBC Midlands reporter Pat Murphy revealed on his personal Twitter account last week that the Championship side are closely monitoring Hernandez.
Hull, 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.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, this senior duo are expected to leave Villa Park this summer.