Last summer, Leeds United were heavily linked with a move to sign Uruguayan international striker Abel Hernandez on a free transfer. When the deal fell apart, many assumed it was down to wage demands. However, a recent report suggests otherwise.
According to Uruguayan paper Coluna do Fla, it was Hernadez’s patchy injury record that eventually stopped Leeds pursuing a deal.
They state that Leeds ‘preferred not to bid’ after a series of injuries during his time at Hull City.
The Uruguayan was a free agent after failing to agree on a new deal at the KCOM Stadium last summer. As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds were ready to pay him the £40,000-a-week he had been earning with Hull City.
In the end, they moved on, signing Patrick Bamford instead.
Leeds were eventually proved right in their decision to avoid Hernandez. The striker, who has proven to be lethal at Championship level with the Tigers, headed to Russia last summer.
CSKA Moscow took a risk on the player that did not pay off. Hernandez struggled with hip and groin injuries for much of the season, playing just 15 times and scoring three goals. The two parties agreed a mutual release of his contract in May and Hernandez is now on the hunt for a new club.
It seems Leeds made the right call.