Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom is eyeing up a move for out of contract Hull City striker Abel Hernandez, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The Uruguay international sees his deal run out at the KCOM Stadium on June 30, and having turned down a new offer from the Tigers it appears he is set to continue his career elsewhere.

Leeds are looking to add firepower to their ranks for the upcoming campaign as they look to propel themselves into contention for a return to the Premier League, and it appears they have identified the man they want.

Hernandez arrived in Hull in 2014, and went on to play more than 100 times for the club, but he missed much of the recent campaign with an Achilles tendon injury. Despite that he still managed eight goals in just 10 appearances on Humberside this term.

His goals allowed the Tigers to pull clear of danger of being relegated, but having joined them when they were in the Premier League, the Uruguay international is expected to leave for a club who could get him back in the top flight.

Despite a positive end to the campaign, the 27-year-old missed out on a place in the Uruguay squad for the upcoming World Cup which will have been a huge disappointment, and possibly a reason for him wanting to move on.

With Pierre-Michel Lasogga seemingly heading back to his parent club Hamburg after a season-long loan, Leeds are looking for someone to fill the void of the German forward with Hernandez potentially the man.

It is understood that the Whites want someone who is accustomed and familiar with the English game to replace the outgoing loanee. The Uruguayan certainly ticks that particular box.

Leeds would be able to pick up Hernandez on a free transfer, which would allow Heckingbottom to use his budget elsewhere, as he undergoes an overhaul of his squad to get the personnel he feels he needs to establish a promotion challenge next season.


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