Abel Hernandez would be an excellent budget signing for Celtic this summer

As reported by The Birmingham Mail, Celtic are one of a number of teams chasing the signature of former Hull City forward Abel Hernandez this summer.

What’s the story?

Hernandez is a free agent after his contract at Championship side Hull expired at the end of the season and it seems he is a wanted man ahead of next term.

The Birmingham Mail say Celtic, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest are all interested in signing him, with the outlet reporting that a three-year deal could be on the cards at the Hoops specifically.

Ordinarily rated at £6.3m by Transfermarkt, would he be a good acquisition for Brendan Rodgers?

Celtic’s striking options next season

With this summer potentially the one that the Hoops cash in on Moussa Dembele’s transfer value, they could be in the market for a new third striker, assuming they also pull the trigger on bringing Odsonne Edouard to Glasgow on a permanent basis.

Hernandez could certainly fill that role well. With an excellent scoring record at Championship, Serie B and international level, the Uruguayan is more than capable of competing for places at the Scottish Premiership side.

Blighted by injury in the 2017/18 season, he did manage to net eight goals in 10 appearances for Hull, with five of those coming in the last two months on his comeback.

On a free transfer it’s also relatively risk-free and would allow Rodgers to divert resources to other areas of the team that need addressing before signing a third forward.

It’s a move that appears to make sense for both parties.