CSKA Moscow join race for Leeds United target Abel Hernandez

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CSKA Moscow have joined the running for Leeds United target Abel Hernandez, according to the forward’s agent.

Hernandez’s representative revealed that CSKA had tabled a bid for the out-of-contract striker with Leeds holding off on committing to a deal to bring him to Elland Road on a free transfer.

Abel Hernandez.

Abel Hernandez.

Hernandez became a free agent over the weekend after his deal at Hull City expired, ending a stay of four years at the KCOM Stadium having rejected a lucrative extension.

Leeds began negotiating with Hernandez’s camp well in advance of the end of his contract and were confident of finding a way to accommodate the salary of a forward who earned around £40,000 a week at Hull.

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United, however, are continuing to weigh up the financial implications of the full package demanded by Hernandez amid ongoing talks on other fronts.

The club made a move for Derby County’s Matej Vydra last month and have privately indicated that they would not have the resources to finance the arrival of both players while leaving sufficient cash for the rest of their transfer business.

New head coach Marcelo Bielsa is understood to favour the purchase of Vydra, who finished as the Championship’s top scorer last season.

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The Czech Republic international will cost in the region of £11m, a fee which United are yet to meet. Hernandez’s situation, meanwhile, remains unresolved despite rumours of interest from Turkey and Italy. Swansea City are understood to have case an eye over the Uruguayan.

His agent Pablo Betancourt told Brazilian outlet Diario Carioca: “Hernandez is not a CSKA player yet but we received a good offer from them. We are delighted with this interest. Let’s just wait.”