Since the infamous financial downfall of Leeds United, the Whites have grown back into a stalwart side among the Championship – but now it is time to take the next step and push for a top flight return.

Progress looked positive after a seventh placed finish 12 months ago and hopes of a play off finish did not seem out of the question.

How wrong we all were.

The Whites have regressed under Andrea Radrizzani’s reign, thanks in part to the poor recruitment under director of football Victor Orta, and a bitterly disappointing 13th place finish means there is much work to be done if Leeds are to return to the promised land of the Premier League any time soon.

To do so, that might take some cash to splash, and it appears the Italian owner is willing to get the wheels rolling over a new dynasty at Elland Road with a swoop for Abel Hernandez.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

The Uruguayan striker is set to be a free agent this summer with his contract at Hull City expiring, and the Whites are said to be closing in on his capture after much work behind the scenes.

However, as claimed by the Sun’s Alan Nixon, Hernandez is looking to demand wages of between £40,000 and £50,000-a-week – a price which would completely blow the bank open for Radrizzani.

That sort of money is well beyond what the Whites have spent over recent years but if they are serious about breaking out of the Championship, then it is what is required.

The reign of Andrea Radrizzani begun with a stutter, but with the Italian putting his money where his mouth is, this could well be the start of something special.

In other Leeds United transfer news, one of the club’s revelations is at the centre of a serious three-way Premier League battle.

Don’t miss out on breaking and exclusive Leeds United news by clicking here for our brilliant 24/7 updates on FacebookInstagram and YouTube