Palermo striker could be closer to 'dream' Newcastle move

Reports in the Italian press claim Newcastle United have offered €10million for Palermo striker Abel Hernandez, who has spoken of his desire in the past to move to the club.

Palermo‘s Abel Hernandez could be set to land his dream move, following reports in the Italian press that Newcastle United have launched a €10million bid for the striker.

Hernandez had been linked to both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur last summer, following Palermo’s relegation to Serie B, but made the surprise decision to remain with the club after revealing that he felt indebted to president Maurizio Zamparini and the fans.

However, the 24-year-old Uruguayan announced in February that he planned to seek out a move at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, with Newcastle earmarked as one of three ideal destinations.

‘I dream of Newcastle, Real or Atletico for the future,’ he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

‘I decided to stay [at Palermo] because I owed it to Maurizio Zamparini and the supporters.’

With Hernandez also attracting the interest of Sunderland and Southampton over recent months, talks between Newcastle and Palermo are on-going, according to Tuttomercatoweb, with the Italian outfit understood to be holding out for a larger fee.

Despite making nine signings thus far, the Chronicle claims that Alan Pardew still believes his squad is too thin up top, with the South American marksman emerging as a prime target due to Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and QPR’s Loic Remy being out of reach.

Joining Palermo in 2009 from Penarol, aged 18, Hernandez has suffered with various injuries during his six seasons with the club but still owns a respectable record of 17 goals in 42 Serie A starts, while also netting 14 times in 28 appearances last season to help the side bounce back to the top-tier.

A member of Uruguay’s World Cup squad in Brazil, the highly-rated front man would join an impressive list of attacking talent to arrive at St James’ Park this summer were a deal to go through, with Ayoze Perez, Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra all having made the move to Tyneside.

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