Sunderland target Abel Hernandez is set to stay at Palermo despite claims from his agent that he could be on his way to England.

Sunderland were rumoured to be on the hunt of the striker who made ten appearances in Serie A this season, without finding the net.

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has admitted they are set to lose Fabrizio Miccoli though, with Kyle Lafferty being lined up as the replacement.

Zamparini told Radio Mana Sport: "In our attack will be Abel Hernandez. This will be a kick in the ass for former coaches that didn't play him."

Hernandez has scored 21 times in his Palermo career, in which he has made 88 appearances. He does have a decent scoring record in his short international career, scoring three times in eight games for Uruguay.

Sunderland are on the lookout for a new striker after Danny Graham failed to impress in the second half of the season after joining the Black Cats from Swansea City in January.

Stephen Fletcher was scoring most of Sunderland’s goals in the first half of the season but he lost form in the later half as the team finished just one spot above the Premier League relegation zone.

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