Could Steve Bruce raid former club Hull City to bring new faces to Aston Villa's promotion chasing squad in January?
Aston Villa are desperate for a striker but Steve Bruce has hardly any money to spend - so cut-price bargain deals could be the order of the day.
Hull City’s Uruguayan talisman may still be some way from returning to action after rupturing his Achilles at the start of the season but, if Villa put their faith in the speedy striker, they could be richly rewarded.
Hernandez was prolific in his last season at this level, his 20 goals firing Steve Bruce’s Hull to promotion back in 2015/16. And the former Palermo speedster has the rapid pace and cool finishing that would give Villa another dimension in attack.
According to Sky Sports, Villa had a £20 million club record bid rejected by Hull on 2016 deadline day. 18 months on, could they land him for a fraction of that price?
Another striker Bruce worked with at the KCom, Diomande is nowhere near as prolific as his Hull team-mate Hernandez but the Norwegian is a hard-working attacker who would add depth and versatility to Villa’s frontline.
Sure, Diomande has scored just six league goals across almost two-and-a-half seasons in amber and black but his energy and dribbling ability could make him a useful addition to a Villa side without the services of Jonathan Kodjia for the next few months.
The powerhouse German, who also won the first division title with Chelsea, hasn’t made a league appearance since Leicester signed Harry Maguire from Hull City in the summer and that appears unlikely to change any time soon.
At 33, Villa fans may question the logic of signing a player whose best years are behind him but, as John Terry has proven, age is but a number while experience and leadership can make a huge difference at this level.