Date: 18th August 2017 at 3:42pm
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EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Aston Villa’s bid to sign Abel Hernandez, the player Steve Bruce had earmarked as his top target in the final fortnight of the window, is over, Football Insider sources understand.

Villa and city rivals Birmingham had lined up moves for the Uruguayan star, 27, prior to the Achilles injury he sustained in midweek when playing for Hull that will sideline him for six months.

A well placed source has told Football Insider that Villa boss Steve Bruce had made Hernandez his number one target as he looked to bolster his attacking options at Villa Park after a disappointing start to the new Championship season.

Bruce is a big admirer of Hernandez having signed him when he was in charge of Hull and he was keen to be reunited with him at Villa Park.

Birmingham chief Harry Redknapp is also looking to bring in a new striker and was ready to rival Villa for Hernandez as he looks to add quality to his squad at St Andrew’s.

The two Midlands clubs had made enquiries to Hull about a potential deal for Hernandez, but the striker’s injury means Villa and Birmingham will have to go back to the drawing board in their search for a new forward.

The injury to Hernandez also means that Hull need to bring in a new striker and the three Championship clubs could find themselves in a battle for a number of targets.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club have all but agreed the terms of a £45,000-a-week striker transfer.

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