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£20 million target two years ago, Aston Villa should consider Abel Hernandez again

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£20 million target two years ago, Aston Villa should consider Abel Hernandez again

The Uruguayan is out of contract at Hull City this summer.

In the summer of 2016, Aston Villa were in talks to sign Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez from Hull City.

The £20 million deal looked to be good to go, until it came time to discuss salary, according to a report by the Sun.

It was claimed that Hernandez wanted £70,000-a-week to join Villa and then an increase to £100,000-a-week should Villa win promotion to the Premier League.

Those terms were considered unsatisfactory and Villa pulled the plug.

One year later, Hernandez was again linked with Villa.

Aston Villa chairman Tony Xia soon made it clear that wasn’t happening either. He was quoted by Birmingham Live as stating:

“Never will happen after last summer. Good for us.”

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But what about this summer? Should Villa swoop for Hernandez once again?

There are many reasons why the Uruguayan would now be a more logical signing.

Hernandez is out of contract at Hull this summer.

 

The 27-year-old is therefore available on a free transfer, a massive bargain considering Villa were prepared to pay £20 million just two seasons ago.

Hernandez would also not be able to command such a wage on this occasion.

In 2016 the striker was coming off the back of scoring 22 goals in 45 games for the club and winning promotion to the Premier League.

Since then he has not been as prolific and also battled injury trouble. £70,000-a-week is simply not a possibility.

His best season with Hull actually came under the management of Steve Bruce, which might also help Villa in convincing Hernandez to Villa Park at a lower cost.

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This season Hernandez managed just three games before suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon. In those three games, he scored three goals.

If Villa fail to earn promotion this season then there are not many better goalscorers available at this level – never mind on a free transfer.

Since returning to action Hernandez has played three times, scoring three goals – giving him a 100 per cent record of six goals in six games for Hull City this time.

If Villa can come to an understanding over wages, Hernandez would be the perfect summer signing.

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  1. Nick

    March 21, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Would be a mega coup to grab him, along with kodja, Davis, Hepburn-murphy plus grabban on a perm if possible we have to sell hogan if we can recoup our outlay or send him out on a season loan still youngish in our aging squad and maybe he just needs write this season off, get over the mental knock on affect after injury then a full pre season away from the pressure off trying to become a top goal getter and hero at villa, he didnt have time to settle before injury so its tough on the kid coz he tries and understands the priveledge it is to play for ASTON VILLA, plus I do truly believe that he may just surprise people and click into a very capable and top striker…. we have so much to attaking strength in that club including youth and I also believe benteke realises just how loved he is at villa and he wishes he stayed coz he has never felt at home or loved and idolized anywhere else, he has made comments that I believe are asking tony to come home, and if we could land Johnston the get 3 – 4 15 to 25 mil PLAYERS in we would be seriously strong and very dangerous… ASTON VILLA are waking up, we are the latest instalment to the elite league as spurs were 3 years ago it will be a top 8 from our re-introduction to the prem…. I truly think our squad would perform so much better in the prem, I just feel we have some unknown Jems that haven’t been given the chance yet but when they do they will love it and reach their potential, TRUST ME BIG AND EXCITING TIMES TO COME….

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