Gossip of a move to East Yorkshire for Abel Hernandez began only a few days ago and now the Uruguayan is just a work permit away from becoming a Hull City player, according to sources.
The 24-year-old had the choice of signing for Portuguese giants Benfica, who were last seasons Europa League runners up to Sevilla, or Premier League side Hull. It became apparent that the Palermo striker was more keen on a move to East Yorkshire when a picture was leaked on Twitter of him on a plane captioned" "Abel Hernandez on his way to Hull".
Hernandez and Hull
Just yesterday Hernandez was greeted by a few Hull fans at the club's training ground, who were not expecting the player to turn up at the gates. What followed was another picture leaked onto Twitter of a young City fan snapped with the player.
The Uruguayan has been at Palermo, who are currently in the Serie A after topping the Serie B last season. Since his spell in Italy Hernandez has netted an impressive 31 goals in 111 appearances, not to mention his seven goals in 14 appearances for the Uruguay national side since being first called up in 2010. He has since worked as an understudy to world renowned forwards Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.
Steve Bruce said in a press conference: "Abel is an extremely talented player and for me, I think he is exactly what this club needs. He is a great passer of the ball, a great header of the ball and he is a natural born goalscorer.
"What this club has always lacked is a proper goalscorer, they have never really had one who can score on a regular basis and with Abel, I believe that he can deliver the goods".
It is expected that the 24-year-old will sign for the Tigers today after his work permit comes through. He will be the club's seventh signing of the summer after Jake Livermore, Robert Snodgrass, Tom Ince, Andrew Robertson, Harry Maguire and their latest signing, Michael Dawson, who completed a switch on Tuesday.