Leeds United will have to break the bank if they are to secure the signing of Abel Hernandez with the Hull City striker demanding between £40,000 and £50,000-a-week, according to a journalist.
The Sun reporter Alan Nixon has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the 27-year-old will be looking for the stunning wages once his contract at the Tigers expires, with Leeds said to be one of the sides keen on securing a free transfer for his services.
Leeds have been claimed by the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay to be looking at ridding themselves of the self-imposed £15,000-a-week wage cap, but meeting the Uruguay international’s demands would mean going over double what they used to pay.
Football Insider verdict
There are very few Championship clubs who can afford to pay the sort of money that Hernandez is demanding and with those sorts of terms, he may well be pricing himself out of a move – or specifically looking for a move back to the Premier League. Leeds might be looking to transform their transfer tactics but splashing out that sort of cash is still likely to be beyond what they want to consider paying. His long-term achilles injury has limited his playing time over the last 12 months and although he might have scored eight goals in ten games, the hitman might struggle to find any suitors willing to meet that sort of price tag. Still, that is what negotiations are for and the two parties seem keen to secure a deal which meets both their needs. Will Hernandez be wearing white next season? Only time will tell, but he would be a big upgrade on the club’s current options.
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