Abel Hernandez’s ridiculous wage demands add to Leeds’ transfer misery this summer

Leeds United’s interest in Abel Hernandez appears to be over with the out of contract forward demanding a wage package totalling up to £100,000 per week, according to The Yorkshire Evening Post.

What’s the story?

The 27-year-old is available on a free transfer this summer after being released by Hull City.

The Uruguay international, who is valued at £6.3m by Transfermarkt, scored 37 goals during his time at the KCOM Stadium and Leeds have been desperate to add to a strike force that only managed to score 57 goals last season.

They have been in talks with the lethal 6ft 1in finisher for weeks but his wages have been a sticking point and now according to the latest report, it’s become clear that his demands of £100,000 a week far exceeds Leeds’ budget, with the striker earning closer to £40,000 per week at Hull.

Running out of options

Earlier in the window, it seemed like a certainty that Hernandez would be heading to Elland Road but now it’s clear to see why that won’t be the case with his ridiculous wages.

Leeds are right not to cede to his demands as it could end up haunting them further down the line if they don’t gain promotion and start to feel the financial strain, but the club is now running out of potential new strikers.

It’s been an area Leeds have clearly prioritised this summer but have so far failed to bring anyone in and time is running out for Marcelo Bielsa, with Victor Orta looking as though he has got his strategy all wrong for the second summer running.