By Danny Wright
Maccabi Tel Aviv chief executive Ben Mansford is in talks with Leeds over a possible transfer for Pablo Hernandez, according to a report.
Israeli news outlet Ynet claims that Maccabi are looking to recruit a number of players ahead of the upcoming season and want the Whites attacker to join up with Jordi Cruyff’s men.
It is understood that the Israeli giants, who regularly compete in the Champions League, are looking to bolster their squad after losing veteran Tal Ben Haim to Sparta Prague and that Mansford is “managing the negotiations” between Maccabi and his former club Leeds over Hernandez.
The attack-minded Spaniard only signed for Leeds last summer on a loan deal, which was later made permanent in January but only on a short-term deal.
His services were then retained by the Whites as he agreed to extend his contract at Elland Road by a further year.
Hernandez played a vital role in Garry Monk’s side last season as they came close to securing a play-off spot in the Championship.
The former Valencia and Swansea ace made 38 appearances across all competitions for Leeds, scoring six goals and supplying eight assists.
Maccabi Tel Aviv are competing in the Europa League this season, but have qualified for the Champions League three times in the last five years, reaching the group stage in 2015/16 where they faced former winners Chelsea and Porto.
Football Insider Verdict
It remains to be seen what sort of plans Thomas Christiansen has for some of the players that were brought in by Monk ahead of his exit. Hernandez penned his extension before Monk quit Elland Road and didn’t feature in Wednesday’s friendly win over North Ferriby. It was reported that the 32-year-old was only being rested, but if he is in talks with Maccabi over a potential transfer then it wouldn’t have made much sense in playing him if he was eager to leave. It’s already been a busy summer for Leeds, and it looks as though things will have to wait a while before they finally start to calm down. However it’s good to get transfer business out of the way as early as possible.
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