Sunderland will have to make a serious cash offer if they hope to sign Palermo striker Abel Hernandez, after a loan deal was rejected by the Serie A club.

The Black Cats have been heavily linked with a move for the Uruguayan, following reports that the player’s agent was in England last week liaising with potential suitors for his client.

According to emerging reports in Italy on Monday, it is now understood that Sunderland have had a loan bid for the 23-year-old rejected by Palermo who are only interested in negotiating a permanent deal for their star man.

The Sicilian club have come to terms with Hernandez’s inevitable departure after the player’s agent Pablo Betancourt confirmed in March that his client would seek a transfer away from Palermo this summer.

Betancourt said; “Come June, Hernandez will leave the Rosanero, that’s for sure”

Hernandez scored 14 goals in 28 appearances last season and was a fundamental part of Giuseppe Iachini’s Palermo side that returned to the Italian top flight as Champions of Serie B. 

Gus Poyet has made no secret of the fact he is desperate to recruit more fire-power at Sunderland ahead of the upcoming Premier League campaign, but with long drawn-out negotiations regarding a deal for Fabio Borini and with Connor Wickham yet to sign a new deal, the Black Cats boss is beginning to grow frustrated. 

The 46-year-old has remained confident in the club’s progress and assured fans that business will be done in the coming weeks, but if the Uruguayan is to land his fellow compatriot Abel Hernandez, he will only be able to do so with a cash offer. 

Sunderland must act quickly and decisively if they are to capture the 23-year-old, with Southampton reported to be ready to compete for the striker’s signature.