By Danny Wright

25th Apr, 2018 | 2:49pm

Newcastle in hunt to sign lethal goal machine, title-holders have tabled monster offer - reports

Newcastle United are in the hunt to sign Hull City goal machine Abel Hernandez, according to a report.

Uruguayan news outlet Ovacion Digital has claimed that Rafa Benitez has asked about signing Hernandez, 27, in the summer as his deal at the KCOM will expire at the end of June.

The Uruguay international has spent a lot of the campaign sidelined with an Achilles injury, but he has still been lethal in front of goal for Hull by scoring eight goals in 10 appearances in the Championship.

Newcastle are not the only team said to be interested in Hernandez though as Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato has previously reported that Scottish title-holders Celtic have already tabled a monster offer for the centre-forward that would make him the highest-paid player north of the border.

Fiorentina and Sampdoria were also said to be keen on the former Palermo striker.

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Hernandez’s career has been seriously stifled by injuries. It’s clear that when he has been able to stay fit that he is a really good striker in front of goal and Hull did well to keep hold of him after their relegation was confirmed. The Uruguayan will be available for free soon and there’s going to be little risk in going out to sign him, making him a great potential signing for the Magpies. Benitez needs reinforcements up front. Aleksandar Mitrovic and Islam Slimani probably won’t stay and the other options have been poor. Hernandez could be the man to get over 15 goals a season on a consistent basis – if he can stay fit.

In other Newcastle United news, Paul Dummett took a swipe at Sunderland after their relegation was confirmed.

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