It has to be tempting for Rafa Benitez to try to sign 27-year-old free agent Abel Hernandez from Hull City the summer.
He’s not to be confused with 29-year-old Mexican striker Javier Hernandez who is available from West Ham this summer.
Abel is a decent enough striker, and maybe under the guidance of the Newcastle manager, he can become a good striker in the Premier League.
Newcastle were first linked with Hernandez back in 2014 when he was still at Palermo and at that time he said he would love to sign for Newcastle.
Rafa does not know what transfer funds he will get from Mike Ashley this summer.
27-year-old Hull free agent Abel Hernandez
But he’s likely to allow strikers like Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle and possibly Joselu leave the club this summer and bring in some new strikers.
Abel Hernandez could be one of those, and he may be a good bargain buy as a free agent.
The big question on Hernandez is whether he ‘s good enough for Newcastle so it may depend on how much money Rafa gets from Ashley in the summer.
If Rafa’s transfer funds are again restricted then signing Hernandez could be a sensible move.
In the four seasons he’s been at Hull he’s appeared for them 110 times with 39 goals and 10 assists; two of those seasons have been in the Championship.
Rafa has been linked again with a loan move for Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, and he would be a good signing for us since the Englishman has lots of class.
And Rafa could go after Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen this summer and pay close to £20M for the Danish striker – something Ashley refused to do in January.
Celtic, Wolves and Nottingham Forest are said to be keen on the 27-year-old, who has who 27 caps for Uruguay with 11 goals.
Abel returned from injury late in the season and scored 8 goals in just 10 appearances for Hull
What do you think?