Hernandez’s Newcastle ‘dream’ could be a nightmare for Pardew

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Signed by Hull City for £9m, Abel Hernandez once spoke of a "dream" move to Newcastle but with the club failing to table a bid, he could exact revenge.

When Abel Hernandez set his heart on a move away from Palermo back at the start of the year, the young Uruguayan only had eyes for one potential Premier League suitor.

"I dream of Newcastle, Real or Atletico for the future," he told the Gazzetta dello Sport in an interview published back in February.

At that point he was in the midst of his best season as a professional to date, a campaign that would see him go on to score 14 goals in 28 Serie B games for Palermo, helping the Rosanero bounce back into the Italian top-flight at the first time of asking.

As the summer approached, many around the club expected the 23-year-old to be the subject of some transfer speculation.

And though Atletico Madrid were pursuing Mario Mandzukic and Real Madrid appeared preoccupied with a bid for James Rodriguez, there was still some hope that a deal could be done with one of Hernandez’s three "dream" clubs.

Newcastle had just come off the back of a season that started brightly but quickly fell apart, with the club ultimately languishing in mid-table mediocrity following an extended period of poor results.

A lack of an effective goalscorer was identified as a major problem, with too much pressure and expectation placed on Papiss Cisse following the departure of Demba Ba and the loss in form suffered by Shola Ameobi.

Luuk de Jong’s loan deal had proven unsuccessful and Newcastle were now officially on the search for a striker.

But rather than pursue a deal for Hernandez – a player with a keen desire to turn out in the black and white of team – Newcastle and club owner Mike Ashley took their own route.

In came the untested trio of Emmanuel Riviere, Ayoze Perez and Facundo Ferreyra for a combined fee around the £9 million Hull City ended up paying for the Uruguayan with a dream of football in the north east.

The results have been clear to see – all three of the new Toon recruits have so far failed to get off the mark in four Premier League outings with Perez looking inexperienced, Riviere lacking confidence and Ferreyra proving another problem altogether.

Meanwhile, Hernandez needed just 39 minutes to get off the mark for Hull and he will be raring to show Newcastle what they missed come Saturday.

The Tigers have won on each of their previous three Premier League visits to St James’ Park – what odds on another win with a goal for the Uruguayan?

Given current form, with the Toon shipping nine goals in four top-flight fixtures so far, you wouldn’t bet against it with Hernandez so far looking every bit the forward to lead the line for Hull and the kind of man the Newcastle faithful are crying out for.

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