Abel Hernandez’s agent has claimed that Newcastle were interested in the Hull City striker this past summer.

Hull City’s Abel Hernandez

The agent of Hull City striker Abel Hernandez has told Tutto Mercato Web that Aaton Villa and Newcastle United were among the clubs interested in his signature this past summer.

Hernandez, 27, joined Hull from Italian side Palermo back in the summer of 2014, having hit 36 goals in 122 games for the Sicilians, but he struggled in his first season at the KCOM Stadium, bagging just four goals in 26 league games.

The Uruguayan hit back when Hull were relegated to the Championship in 2015, hammering 20 goals in 39 appearances, but he again flattered to deceive in the Premier League last term, finding the net just four times as the Tigers were again relegated back to the second tier.

Hull City striker Abel Hernandez

Hernandez appeared to be on course for another strong campaign this term, as he scored three goals in three games before suffering a ruptured Achilles, which may well have cost him a move away from the KCOM Stadium.

A host of clubs were linked with moves to sign Hernandez following Hull’s relegation, with Aston Villa – managed by former Hull boss Steve Bruce – touted as one possible destination for the striker.

STEVE BRUCE MUST GO

Now, Hernandez’s agent has spoken to Tutto Mercato Web about his future, revealing that two other English clubs, Birmingham City and Newcastle United, were also interested in signing Hernandez before his terrible injury.

Agent Pablo Bentancur has admitted that Aston Villa and Birmingham wanted Hernandez ‘at all costs’, with Newcastle also presenting themselves as an option, before claiming that the striker will be fighting back from his bad injury, with an expected return of some time in early 2018.

“He had an important market, strong interest from Aston Villa and Birmingham, they wanted him at all costs, and there was also a chance to go to Newcastle,” said Bentancur. “It’s a bad thing, but football is the way it is, Abel has strength and is young, he will be back,” he added.

Bizarrely, Premier League side Newcastle may not have been able to pay quite as much as Villa or Birmingham given Mike Ashley’s strict control over the budget at St. James’ Park, whilst Hernandez’s Premier League record leaves a lot to be desired, meaning the Magpies may not be too disappointed at missing out on the now-injured Uruguayan.

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