Cardiff City have joined the race for Abel Hernandez, according to Inside Wales Sport.

The 27-year-old is leaving Championship side Hull City at the end of the month on a free transfer when his contract expires.

Hernandez has been a top target for Leeds United and it has been a transfer saga that has dragged on for a while now. It appeared for a moment that he was Elland Road-bound but there have been doubt over whether they would get it over the line due to the time it has taken.

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Leeds will now have to face competition from newly promoted Premier League side Cardiff City for his signature. The Bluebirds have been busy adding to their squad ahead of the next campaign and have already signed Josh Murphy from Norwich City and Greg Cunningham from Preston North End.

Hernandez is a new target for Cardiff and he has played in the top flight before. He managed to score 39 goals in 99 games for the Tigers over four seasons but his best form was in the Championship. Nevertheless, he is a free agent so would be cheaper for Cardiff to sign over them having to spend £10 million plus for a Premier League quality striker.

Leeds are hoping to get some big deals done this summer and their fans signalled their excitement of the possibility of signing Abel Hernandez. However, this move gets more and more uncertain after every passing day and the news that Cardiff have joined the race is another blow for the Whites.

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