Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has already kicked off his summer transfer plans after reportedly making an offer for Hull City forward Abel Hernandez, with his contract due to expire in June.

Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato has reported that the Bhoys have made a “monster” offer for Hernandez, 27, which will make him the highest-paid player in Scottish football.

The Uruguay international has been in stunning form for Hull this season, even though he has been sidelined for the bulk of the campaign with an Achilles injury.

He has still been able to score eight goals in 10 Championship appearances though, and there’s no doubt that if he can avoid injuries, he would be a great addition in the summer and won’t cost a penny in transfer fees.

However Celtic have had a blow in their hunt for Hernandez and must now improve on what is already a colossal offer for the prolific forward.

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In a recent development, Uruguayan news outlet Ovacion Digital has claimed that Newcastle are now interested in the former Palermo striker and Rafa Benitez has asked about approaching him in the summer.

Hernandez probably won’t turn down another chance to play in the Premier League so Celtic will now have to attempt to lure him to Parkhead with a bigger offer, Champions League football and guaranteed silverware.

It will be hard to try and ensure he picks the Hoops over Newcastle, but it will be a true show of how far Rodgers has taken this team if he can fend off Premier League interest.

In other Celtic news, a BBC pundit has called on Rangers to beat the Hoops to their £5million-rated summer target.

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