Abel Hernandez is set to quit Hull City following the 2017/18 season and a number of reports have emerged linking him to several European outfits. Interests have chimed in from Italy and Scotland with Celtic ruled as the heavy favourites.
Where the Uruguayan international will land is uncertain at the moment but where will his departure leave the Tigers for the next campaign? Hull are clear of the relegation zone by 10 points and will be looking towards an improved 2018/19 season with an able body in the attack.
Hernandez’s injury might not have been missed this season with over 8 other attackers in the squad but the 27-year-old is still their one of their best attackers. His 7 goals in 8 matches alone will give you a picture of what Nigel Adkins will miss next season and a replacement needs to be signed as soon as possible.
Here are a few players City should consider ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Newcastle United striker has a slim chance of breaking into the Magpies squad next season after spending his 2017/18 campaign, struggling to find the back of the net while out on loan to the Macron Stadium.
The 21-year-old spent the first half of the season with Bolton Wanderers and managed to score just once in 20 appearances. Since January, he has been playing for Blackburn Rovers and has hit the ground running under Tony Mowbray. He has managed to net the ball on 9 occasions in his 15 appearances in the League One.
Other than his recent form, Armstrong possesses some of the rarest traits in an English number nine which are similar to that of Abel Hernandez. The youngster is fast and strong and can carry the ball from the flanks if required. His discipline on both ends of the pitch are a joy for managers to work. He is not short in dribbling abilities either with a strong right foot.
Armstrong is tied to the Tyneside outfit until the summer of 2020. This should not demotivate Hull from making a convincing offer.
The Nottingham Forest striker is currently serving a loan spell with Scottish Premiership outfit, Rangers FC. He has no wishes of returning to the City Ground after this season which leaves Graeme Murty and his men with the best chances of signing him to a permanent deal. However, Adkins should consider making a rival offer for the 22-year-old for the Scotsman who has scored in 6 of his last 13 games.
If all fails, consider bringing in the Bournemouth reject and the former Sunderland number nine, who can be a very handy option with his truckloads of experience and ability to chip in with important goals from time to time.