Report clarifies hold up in Leeds United's Abel Hernandez pursuit

It is reported to be Leeds holding up signing Abel Hernandez, not the player.

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...

There was hope among Leeds United supporters that when the calendar turned to July, Abel Hernandez would be announced as a new signing having just become a free agent.

Now approaching four days into July, Hernandez is no closer to becoming a Leeds player and remains without a club.

The hold up is not coming from the Uruguayan, according to reports, instead it is at Leeds' end.

Abel Hernandez of Hull City celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Hull City and Middlesbrough at the KCOM Stadium on April 5, 2017 in Hull,...

The Yorkshire Evening Post reports: "Leeds have so far held off from securing the free transfer of Abel Hernandez amid concerns about the cost of adding him to their wage bill."

Leeds are attempting to sign Matej Vydra and have other areas up of the squad to also strengthen.

The Yorkshire Evening Post previously claimed Leeds had held advanced talks with Hernandez and were preparing an £40,000 per week wage offer.

Abel Hernandez of Hull City scores his sides fourth goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Hull City at Ashton Gate on April 21, 2018 in Bristol, England.

It is a dangerous game to make Hernandez wait in case a Vydra move falls through, which is effectively what Leeds are doing.

Vydra would cost a fee almost treble the amount Leeds have spent on a player during the past decade.

While Leeds wait, they risk Hernandez's head getting turned elsewhere.

Tuttomercatoweb yesterday reported Russian side CSKA Moscow have offered him a three year deal on a salary in the region of £50,000 per week.

 

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