According to Leeds Live, Sky Bet Championship play-off finalists Aston Villa are ‘leading the race’ to sign out of contract Hull City striker Abel Hernandez. The Uruguayan forward is set to depart the KCOM Stadium this summer, and has also been offered a deal by Leeds United. Promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers are also keen,

Injury has restricted Hernandez to just ten appearances for the Tigers over the season, but still managed to net eight times for Nigel Adkins’ side. Whilst he has missed out on a spot in the Uruguay squad alongside the likes of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani at this summer’s World Cup, his future should become clearer next week.

Steve Bruce will lead Villa out at Wembley next weekend against Fulham to see if they can regain their spot in the top flight after two seasons in the second tier. Victory may give them the best possible chance to persuade Hernandez, aged 27, to join him. Wolves are obviously already preparing for life back in the Premier League, plus they have the financial backing as well. As for Leeds, they may appear the outsiders in this race, but they are said to have offered a ‘serious, attractive offer’ for his services that may tempt him to remain in the Championship for another season at the very least. There were rumours of a return to Italy earlier in the season. Hernandez joined Hull in 2014 from Palermo, where he made a big impression on the continent. Remaining in the English game however does look a possibility as well, but where?

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