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Wolves Target Attracting Interest From Turkish Giants: Should Santo Be Concerned?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Reports have surfaced linking Wolves and Leeds United target, Abel Hernandez to Turkish outfit, Galatasaray. The 27-year-old striker is set to ditch Hull City at the end of June after having bid goodbye to the fans already. Nuno Espirito Santo was planning on getting him to the Molineux for his team’s next season fight in the Premier League but will now have to face competition from a continental rival.

This particularly should be unsettling for the Wanderers since their recent purchase, Benik Afobe is also attracting heavy interest from Stoke City. The newly appointed Potters boss, Gary Rowett has expressed interest in the ex Bournemouth striker who just signed a permanent contract with the 2017/18 EFL Championship winners for £10m.

Stoke is ready to offer £12m and Santo might not oppose the transfer if he could make a profit. Ideally, that would mean for the Portuguese tactician to find able replacements ahead of the 2018/19 campaign and Hernandez is definitely a prestigious figure.

The 27-year-old is a proven talent in Championship and is in the best form of his career. He scored the ball 8 times last term in just 10 games, late into the season. An injury to the Achilles denied him of playing minutes throughout the campaign but the Uruguayan still managed to come back and prove to everyone of his scoring potential. That also might have been his final say towards interested outfits and by the looks of it has worked wonders.

Hernandez has been capped 27 times for the Uruguay national team but unfortunately will not be travelling to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. If it were not for the injury, he might just have featured as backup to Edinson Cavani or Luis Suarez. Hernandez is a striker of many qualities including the ability to beat defenders with pace and outmuscle them when on the ball.

The Pando-born attacker has a keen scoring eye and already has 49 games worth of Premier League experience. He has 122 caps for Palermo and is currently one of the most prolific number nines in the English second division.

Getting him for free is nothing but a miracle for Wolves who will be needing a starting number nine for the following season. Santo did not approach Al-Hilal for a permanent transfer of Leo Bonatini after witnessing the 24-year-old misfire for 25 straight games last term.

Read More: Wolves Interested In £35m Valencia Defensive Star: Why Santo Should Get It Done!

If Afobe quits the side for Stoke, Wolves might have to start thinking about making Hernandez one of their highest-paid players to beat out competition from Galatasaray.

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