Report: Benfica target Hull City’s Abel Hernandez as replacement for departed striker

Hull City KC Stadium

Hull City’s Abel Hernandez is reportedly set to leave the club this summer.

According to a report in the Portuguese publication A Bola, Benfica have identified Abel Hernandez as an ideal replacement for the recently departed striker Rodrigo Lima.

The Uruguayan international became Hull’s major signing last summer, moving to the KC Stadium from Palermo on a three-year deal.

Despite the initial excitement over his arrival, Hernandez failed to settle in the Premier League and struggled to make an impact, scoring just four league goals in 25 appearances.

Following the Tigers’ relegation from the Premier League, the former Palermo man has been among the leading candidates to leave the Championship club, with Sky Sports Italia accrediting Torino and Chievo with a strong interest.

However, a return to Italy may not be his only option as fresh reports from Portugal claim that Benfica are interested as the Portuguese giants seek a replacement for departed top scorer Rodrigo Lima.

No future at Hull City

Along with his poor goal return, Hernandez struggled to adapt to the physical demands of English football and the Championship would arguably prove a sterner test than the Premier League in that department.

The talented striker is evidently a top player, hence Benfica’s reported interest, yet Hull boss Steve Bruce will feel that it’s in the club’s best interests to remove him from the club’s inflated wage bill.

With Tom Ince, Stephen Quinn, Paul McShane and Liam Rosenior having already left and interest strong in Hernandez, it’s certainly an interesting phase for Hull at present.

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