Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reportedly sent scouts to watch Palermo striker Abel Hernandez.

The 19-year-old forward has earned rave reviews in Italy after joining the Rosanero in the summer, and Arsenal are believed thought to have begun monitoring the player with a view to a possible move when the transfer window opens later this year.

Part of the Uruguay U20 setup, Hernandez began his senior career at Central Español in 2008. After five goals in his first four league games, Penarol were quick to snap up the striker in his homeland.

His rapid rise continued, and after just eight games for the Primera División side he made the switch to Serie 'A'. The teenager has scored four times in 9 appearances this season, and is already the subject of interest from a handful of clubs around europe.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the Gunners have taken their interest further, sending scouts to monitor the speedster dubbed 'The Jewel'.

Reportedly frustrated at the lack of first team opportunities coming his way in Sicily, Hernandez will have been alerted with the news that one of the top Premier League sides are monitoring his progress.

Fears over a heart condition appear to have been quelled with the striker undergoing minor surgery to sort any problems.

Wenger has a policy of bringing young talent to north London and getting the best out of rising stars, and Hernandez would be another name in the growing list of potential superstars at the Emirates.

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