Newcastle must beat Leeds to sign Abel Hernandez to replace Aleksandar Mitrovic

According to reports in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United are interested in signing Hull City striker Abel Hernandez on a free transfer this summer, and Premier League side Newcastle United should look to hijack any potential deal.

What’s the word, then?

Abel Hernandez celebrates scoring for Hull City

Well, the Yorkshire Evening Post says that the Uruguay international is set to leave the KCOM Stadium after four years with the Tigers when his contract expires this month, and the Whites have made him their top centre-forward target this summer.

The Yorkshire Evening Post report that the Yorkshire outfit have already drawn up an offer, which Leeds Live describe as “attractive”, to try and convince the 27-year-old to move to Elland Road, with Hull seeming to have failed in trying to convince the striker to stay.

Meanwhile, Newcastle may well be in the market for a new attacker themselves this summer with Aleksandar Mitrovic likely to be on his way and Joselu struggling to impress, and Hernandez could be the answer.

How has Hernandez done this season?

It was a tough campaign for the 27-year-old, who ruptured his Achilles tendon in August which saw sidelined for more than six months.

The Uruguayan still made 10 Championship appearances in total this term, and he showed the quality that he has by scoring eight goals in those outings, as well as providing a further two assists.

If any potential suitors would have been worried about how he would perform after the injury, they needn’t have worried as Hernandez netted five goals in seven games between March and the end of the season.

Would he be a good signing for Newcastle?

He certainly could be, yes.

The Magpies may well need someone who is strong in the air next season if Mitrovic leaves and Joselu fails to improve, with Dwight Gayle being their only other option.

While Hernandez is currently playing for a Championship club, his record of 39 goals in 110 matches prove the quality that he has in his locker to effectively replace Mitrovic, even if Toon fans on Twitter prefer the Serbian to Islam Slimani.

11 goals in 29 caps for Uruguay only further go to emphasise that fact, and if Newcastle have the opportunity to snap the 27-year-old on a free this summer, they can’t afford to waste it.