Italian media were reporting late in the week that Torino have entered the race to sign Hull City striker Abel Hernandez.
Hernandez is set to leave Hull City when his contract expires in June, and Leeds United immediately emerged as a potential suitor when the news broke earlier this week. According to Italian publication La Stampa, Torino have reportedly put Hernandez on their wish list of transfer targets in the summer.
The notion that Hernandez could be on the verge of a move to Italy hardly comes as a surprise. The striker enjoyed a successful stint with Palermo in Italy before making the move to England. There’s still a chance he remains in England, however, as Wolverhampton have also registered interest. Wolves were recently promoted to the Premier League, which could give them a slight edge over Leeds if Hernandez is keen on the bright lights of the top flight.
Understanding sports betting means knowing that nothing is certain. Leeds may have been the first team to pop up when Hernandez’ name hit the news wire, but it sounds as though there will be no shortage of interest in the player. Leeds could use a striker of his calibre, but the odds of Leeds beating out some of the potential competition for his signature are dicey.
Hernandez reportedly isn’t the first-choice striker for Torino, but the Uruguayan is on their short list if some of their more desired options fall through. Aston Villa, who are potentially headed to the Premier League next season, as well, are another English side interested in securing the striker’s services.
If Hernandez goes elsewhere, it isn’t the end of the world for Leeds. United are expected to sign Carpi striker Jerry Mbakogu in the coming weeks. Mbakogu, 25, has scored 28 goals in 92 career appearances for the Serie B side. Adding both players would give United tremendous depth up front.
There is reason to believe some of the news regarding interest in Hernandez could be overblown. Hernandez’ agent has been known to talk up moves for his clients for years, so there’s no telling whether this many sides are really lining up to sign him.
Hernandez, who made his professional debut for Uruguayan side Central Espanol in 2006, scored 31 goals in 111 appearances with Palermo before moving to Hull City in 2014. The 27-year-old has scored 36 goals in his 99 appearances with the English side.
Unfortunately, Hernandez missed out on the chance to represent Uruguay at the upcoming World Cup in Russia. Due to the fact that he was still in recovery from an injury toward the end of the Championship campaign, Hernandez was not selected as a part of Uruguay’s preliminary World Cup squad. Uruguay are particularly deep in talent at Hernandez’ position, with Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez, Maxi Gomez and Cristhian Stuani occupying the squad’s striker positions.