Leeds United’s attempts to sign former Hull City striker Abel Hernandez are virtually dead, according to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay.
Phil Hay took to Twitter this morning (July 13) in response to a fan asking if the deal was done, and he said: “essentially yes.”
Here is a look at his tweet in full:
essentially yes. Not willing to meet the financial package Hernandez wants. But he hasn’t found another club yet and wants to stay in England so it’s possible his demands might change
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 13, 2018
Despite admitting that the deal is currently dead, the fact that Hernandez wants to stay in England suggests that if no other club is able to meet his wage demands, he may be forced to lower them, meaning that the Whites could still be in with a shout.
Leeds have been interested in Abel Hernandez for a number of weeks now, ever since it was confirmed that he would leave fellow Sky Bet Championship side Hull City following the conclusion of his contract.
Talks appeared to stall after the Uruguayan striker looked set to move to Russia to join CSKA Moscow, but the player has since come out and confirmed that he wants to remain in England, giving the likes of Leeds United plenty of hope in their pursuit of him.
It is easy to see why so many clubs are interested in Hernandez.
The experienced striker has earned promotion from the second tier of English football before, guiding Hull City to an immediate return to the Premier League back in 2015/16.
As well as his experience at club level, Hernandez has played 27 times for his native Uruguay, scoring 11 goals in the process, which is an excellent return at international level.