Report: Newcastle, West Ham planning move for Premier League striker

Abel Hernandez

Newcastle United and West Ham United are reportedly looking to sign Hull City striker Abel Hernandez.

As reported by TMW, the former Palermo forward has been linked with a summer transfer to Newcastle or West Ham, despite scoring just four goals in 21 games.

A Uruguay international, Hernandez signed for Hull last summer, and although being a frequent fixture in Steve Bruce’s side, his goal tally has not been impressive.

Regardless, he has put in some strong performances for the Tigers, and he has clearly done enough to impress watching Newcastle scouts - with the club said to be weighing up a summer move. The report also mentions that West Ham have a keen interest in the forward, and will continue to asses Hernandez before deciding whether to make an approach.

Would Hernandez be a good signing for Newcastle or West Ham?

Newcastle need to strengthen their attacking line-up before the start of next season and although Hernandez will not add the goals that are much needed on Tyneside, he will bring a creativity that is currently lacking. Unlike the more direct forwards in the Magpies squad, Hernandez is a tricky runner who can play in multiple positions across the front line, and he will bring a new type of threat to St James’ Park.

Hernandez would not be as vital a signing for West Ham, but he would add another arrow to the quiver of an already exciting attack. A three-pronged frontline of Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Hernandez would scare many Premier League defences, while the forward also has the ability to play as a number 10 in a diamond formation, making him perfect for the Hammers playing style.

However, securing his signing could prove tricky, with Hernandez only arriving at Hull last season and showing no real desire to leave. Having not enjoyed a great debut season, Hernandez may wish to stay at the KC Stadium to prove himself, and that will end any rival hopes of luring him away from Steve Bruce's side.

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