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Two years from £20m deal collapse, Leeds United target Abel Hernandez has learned no lessons

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Two years from £20m deal collapse, Leeds United target Abel Hernandez has learned no lessons

The Uruguay striker looks to have blown chances of a Leeds United move with his wage demands.

It seems Leeds United’s move to sign Abel Hernandez on a free transfer is going to prove unsuccessful. That is the feeling from The Sun journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter, who declared the deal was at 0 out of 10 possibility due to his wage demands.:

Of course the news that they are missing out on the Uruguayan will be softened by the apparently imminent arrival of Matej Vydra from Derby County. However, it will still disappoint many as it seeed a deal looked like a few weeks ago.

Hernandez, a proven goalscorer at Championship level, had left Hull City and it seemed Leeds had got in there first to lure him to Elland Road.

But it soon became clear that was not the case. Then came the links with other clubs. Galatasaray, Bologna, Genoa, Bursaspor – the list continued to grow.

Now, the fact seems to be, Hernandez is demanding too much money to make a move possible.

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It is not a surprise. This is what happened in the summer of 2016. Aston Villa wanted Hernandez that summer. But despite agreeing a £20 million deal with the club his wage demands caused the deal to collapse, as reported by Sky Sports.

It left Tony Xia, the Aston Villa chairman, fairly bitter. A year later, when Aston Villa were linked again he tweeted that it would ‘never’ happen because of the previous summer.

Two years on and Hernandez has priced himself out of yet another great Championship move and another English institution of a club.

The future for Hernandez? If he is demanding astronomical wages it is hard to see him in England. Perhaps China, Russia or Turkey beckon.

But it seems it will not be Leeds United and, if Vydra happens, it seems that is for the best.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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