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21st Aug, 2016 | 9:55pm

Aston Villa preparing bid for 26-year-old Premier League star - report

By Will Butcher

Championship giants Aston Villa are set to make a bid for Hull City’s Uruguay international Abel Hernandez, according to a report.

This 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.

Spanish newspaper Fichajes have claimed that the striker is set to be the subject of a bid, with Villa looking to tie up a deal in the coming days.

The forward was the Tigers’ top goalscorer last term, and his 22 strikes in 45 league and cup encounters helped Hull win 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 the top-tier of English football as they were relegated into the second-tier in the 2014/15 season.

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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 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.