Abel Hernandez's agent says they are delighted with CSKA interest so have Leeds lost their chance?

Leeds fans look on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Leeds United's hopes of bringing Abel Hernandez to Elland Road could have suffered a seismic blow with the Championship giants outbid by CSKA.

Hull City's Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the English Premier League football match between Hull City and Middlesbrough at the KCOM...

Leeds United appear to be edging closer and closer to the signing of Derby County’s Championship Golden Boot winner Matej Vydra. So much so that Abel Hernandez no longer appears to be Leeds’ top striker target.

Hernandez is a free agent after leaving Hull City but that does not mean he will come cheap. The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that Leeds have held off signing the Uruguayan international amid concerns about adding him to the wage bill

The 28-year-old was earning £40,000 a week at Humberside, which would make him Leeds’ highest-earning player by some way.

Leeds United fans celebrate after the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

And it seems this delay could prove to be costly. Because CKSA Moscow - the Russian giants who are also in the race for Hernandez - appear to have stepped up their pursuit in recent days.

Tuttomercatoweb claims that CSKA have offered Hernandez a three-year deal worth over £50,000 a week, which could blow Leeds out the water.

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Abel Hernandez of Hull City picks the ball up out of the net after scoring a penalty during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Norwich City at KCOM Stadium on March 10,...

“Hernandez is not a CSKA player yet, but we received a good offer from them, we are delighted with this interest. Let's just wait,” the striker’s agent Pablo Betancourt said in quotes reported by Diario Carioca.

As things stand, it seems far more likely that Hernandez will be playing in Moscow next season rather than West Yorkshire.

If the South American really is delighted with his contract offer from CSKA, who finished second in the Russian league last season, Leeds might have missed their chance.

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