By Richard Parks
Leeds United have tabled a lucrative offer for Abel Hernandez but face intense competition to secure his signature, according to a report.
Leeds Live claim Aston Villa are in pole position to land the Hull City striker, 27, while there is also strong interest in him from Premier League new boys Wolves.
It is said that United’s offer is a “serious, attractive” one and is being considered by the Uruguay international, who is set to make a decision by next week at the earliest.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds fans have been mostly underwhelmed by the players the club have been strongly linked with signing this summer, with the notable exception of Kyle Bartley, the Swansea defender who had such an impressive season on loan in 2016-17. Hernandez has certainly excited supporters fed up with their club landing bargain flops from overseas. There will be encouragement that Leeds are in the race for the 29-times Uruguay international, but there is concern that Villa are currently in pole position and big-spending Wolves are also interest. Hernandez is one of the most attractive free agents available for Championship clubs this summer, possessing an impressive record of 39 goals in 110 Hull games, including 28 from 49 Championship fixtures and a lethal eight from 10 appearances this season before an achilles injury cruelly cut short his campaign. One good piece of news for Leeds; Hernandez definitely won’t be staying at Hull. He has snubbed what Tigers manager Nigel Adkins called “one hell of a contract”, two years after Aston Villa tabled a £20million bid for the player. Will they now sign him for a bargain fee instead?