Leeds United would rather sign Abel Hernandez than Oliver McBurnie, who Rangers are now keen on, according to Yorkshire Evening Post chief football writer Phil Hay.

Manager Paul Heckingbottom, who succeeded Thomas Christiansen in February, can be expected to be busy in the summer rebuilding his squad for the 2018-19 campaign.

The club is desperate to refresh its striking options after a disappointing season ended with them finishing 13th in the Championship, 15 points adrift of the play-off places.

Accordingly, the Whites have been linked with several players, including Swansea City’s McBurnie, who was recently on loan with Barnsley when Heckingbottom was in charge.

After scoring nine goals in 17 appearances for the Tykes, the 21-year-old – who was born in Leeds – recently made his full international debut for Scotland.

However, during a discussion on Twitter regarding the future of Kyle Bartley – who now looks to be heading to Rangers rather than Yorkshire – Hay claimed that Heckingbottom was unlikely to pursue McBurnie and instead turn his attentions to Abel Hernandez.

The former Central Espanol, Penarol and Palermo striker has been with Hull City since 2014 and is now out of contract.

In 99 appearances for the Tigers, Hernandez scored 36 times and has found the net on 11 occasions while on international duty for Uruguay.

This season, the 27-year-old’s progress was hampered by an Achilles injury that kept him out of action until March, however, he finished the campaign strongly with eight goals in 10 games.

Hay claims that as Leeds would not need to pay Hull a transfer fee or the player himself a signing-on fee, they could afford to pay him wages of around £70,000 a week.

If Hernandez heads to Elland Road, the club would be gaining a proven goalscorer, and one who averages better than a goal every other game at Championship level.

Given how badly the likes of Jay-Roy Grot, Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Pawel Cibicki have struggled since their arrival, he would be a welcome addition to Heckingbottom’s squad.


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