Steve Bruce and Hull City are set to break the club’s transfer record for a third time this summer as they edge closer to signing Abel Hernandez, according to reports in the English press. The Uruguayan striker is in talks with the Yorkshire club, as the Tigers look to replace Shane Long, who was surprisingly sold to Southampton earlier this month.
Long parted company with Hull having spent just 6 months at the club, although Bruce found that a £12 million offer from Southampton was too difficult to turn down. The manager is now set to splash most of those funds on Hernandez, who could be brought into Hull for around £10 million.
Should that figure be met, then the striker will represent the third time this summer that Hull have beaten their previous transfer record. Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass have both been brought into the Tigers midfield for fees that eclipsed previous highs.
At 24 years old, Hernandez is being brought in with the long-term future of the club in mind. The forward currently represents Palermo in the Serie A, but he is set to quit the Italian club in favour of a move to the Premier League.
Bruce turned his attention to the South American having suffered disappointment in his pursuit of Blackburn’s Jordan Rhodes. That deal has been described by the manager as ‘dead in the water’, but the Hernandez transfer looks to be very much on.